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Growing Google Searches For The Right Balance

Publication Date: 
September 24, 2007
Financial Times
Richard Waters

In a Financial Times story, Visiting Professor Jonathan Zittrain and Professor Lawrence Lessig weigh in on the question whether Google should or should not restrict its searching ability in China:

Even some opponents of the decision concede it is hard to criticise Google over it. "I think reasonable, and ethical, people can disagree on which path is best to take [when dealing with China]," says Jonathan Zittrain, professor of internet governance and regulation at Oxford University, who was personally opposed to the move.


Stanford law professor Larry Lessig still sees the group more as saint than sinner. "Google has taken aggressive decisions to defend the . . . rights that the law allows them," he says. "It was in some senses a public service to engage in these fights."