I have been preoccupied with professional concerns most of this week, but I will be return shortly.
The conflict between Google and China is interesting, but it’s one element in a bigger picture that has more to do with Chinese nationalism and mercantilism than with espionage. I am not saying that Google didn’t take a principled stand against the Chinese government, but I am suggesting that it was easier for Google to take that stand against the backdrop of a Chinese market that systematically favors a domestic search vendor over foreign players.
It’s no coincidence that Google has done well in search in nearly every other geographic market it has targeted worldwide. What’s different about China? The answer to that question has major implications that reverberate well beyond Google’s purview.