Essay about Google: Don’t Be Evil

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Since its creation, the Internet has continuously grown in importance as a means to obtain information. This is due in part because it is not censored like the rest of America’s mainstream media, such as television, newspapers, and the radio. Nevertheless, the issue of censorship has raised many controversial issues, not only in the United States, but also throughout the world. In the debate by Intelligence2 (2008): Google Violates its Don’t be Evil Motto, it is argued that Google has violated its self declared motto that it wouldn’t be evil, thus putting people’s interest before their own corporate financial interests. While Google has committed certain questionable acts I do not believe they have violated their motto. Harry Lewis, Randal…show more content…
This can be considered a small step to improve the Chinese communist governmental control. Also, Google might not be the main Internet source for China at this moment (Intelligence2, 2008) but it is still able to provide immediate information regarding natural and harmful incidents. This can help prevent incidents such as the one that occurred in 2002 near Minot, North Dakota, where a freight train derail and released a toxic cloud of anhydrous ammonia over the town. The people living near the area of this incident were not immediately informed and unable to take the necessary precautions, which lead to the hospitalization of 300 people nearly blinded by the ammonia (Hill, 2006, p.120). If an incident as such would occur in China, with its immense population, the results would be devastating if information did not reach it’s destination on time. Also, while the Chinese government is allowed to censor Google, the Chinese population is able to obtain information of the United States and other governments throughout the world. Being provided with world wide information can lead to inspire the Chinese masses to start asking questions. They are given a way to indirectly judge their government and compare it to that of other countries, which can fuel the spark of the
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