I was going to write another case study on the intrinsic hypocrisy in the rhetoric of freedom - how "freedom" is uttered when useful, and completely ignored when not - using Google's recent "firing" of an employee who had written a memo that some deemed not politically correct as a basis of discussion. But then I found that Paul Craig Roberts already wrote a good post on it … [Read more...] about Case Study on Freedom of Speech: Google Walking the Talk?
So it's official folks. Google has altered the name of of a disputed South China Sea reef on its map from Huangyan Island to Scarborough Shoal. Since Google says so, it must be so. Has to be so. … [Read more...] about Google alters name of disputed South China Sea reef
The common western narrative is that China's government is oppressive and fear that its citizens would discover freedom and democracy through those websites. On the social-economic level, they imply that China's leadership lack confidence when dealing with the western world. The underlying message is that that those rich multi-billion corporations are somehow purveyor of … [Read more...] about Why did China ban Google? And why do the West try to shut down the Confucian Institute?
Have you ever wondered how a map would look like if it showed Internet freedom versus the NSA dragnet recently revealed by Edward Snowden? Well, it would look like the following map. Click to have a look first and then come back to this post. … [Read more...] about Internet Freedom vs NSA Dragnet
Is Apple one of the most innovative companies in the world? Most people would think so (so-so iPhone 5 specs notwithstanding). Google? Ditto. Baidu? Sure. Tencent? You know jack about Chinese companies if you don't think so. All these companies made the recently published Forbes' "The World's Most Innovative Companies." The authors of this study, Jeff Dyer and Hal … [Read more...] about Baidu, Tencent, Google, and Apple among The World’s Most Innovative Companies