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What Should Be Done with Google’s IP in China?

March 31st, 2010 15 comments

Google search may have left China, but does Google owe responsibilities to the people of a place it has recently left?

This is not an academic question, especially since many believe that Google’s exit will hurt average people in China. According to this CNN article,

Businesses and universities could be substantially affected by the departure of Google from China.

Most of the country’s nearly 400 million Internet users may not be affected by the closure. But academics, university students and other researchers rely heavily on Google’s search services to access information not available through Chinese search engines, like Baidu.com, China’s most popular search portal. Small businesses that depend on Google applications such as Google Docs and Gmail may also suffer, analysts said.

A recent survey of more than 700 Chinese scientists conducted by the journal Nature found that 80 percent regularly use Google to search for academic papers while 60 percent said they use the site to stay on top of new research. Read more…