Star Wars, Google vs. China

March 26, 2010 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Now that Google has decided to move most of its search functions to Hong Kong from mainland China to avoid censorship, the economic fallout for both giants of industry will take time to play out. “This shows a short and long term bad turn for China, in terms of moral leadership in the international system, and economic development at home,” said Devin Stewart, director of the Global Policy Innovations at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. “China will eventually need to open up.” As part of a panel entitled “Google vs. China,” the first seminar in the David Berg Foundation Series on Ethics and Accountability, hosted by the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity at Baruch College, Stewart was joined by Joey H. Lee of Human Rights in China, and Zachery Karabell, author of “Superfusion: How China and America Became One Economy and Why the World’s Prosperity Depends On It,” to discuss what’s at stake for the Chinese government, the hundreds of millions of Chinese who use Google, and the effect the move will have on Google’s business.
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