Internet Lions Turn Paper Tiger in China

Tom Zeller Jr.:

Let’s play “What if?”

What if the Chinese authorities didn’t simply force Google to exclude sites like (the Human Rights Watch Web site) and from the Chinese version of its search engine results, or insist that Yahoo hop to whenever the government fancied the identity of one of its e-mail users, as the authorities have done?

What if they also stipulated that the chief executive of any Internet company doing business in China had to have “Mao Zedong — Luv U 4 Eva” tattooed across his back? Would the companies leave China?

Tuesday, 7 February 2006