Russia: Egypt Uprising Fault Of Google

Russia blames Google for stirring Egypt unrest: report from Reuters reports Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s deputy, Igor Sechin, as telling the Wall Street Journal:

Look what they have done in Egypt, those highly-placed managers of Google, what manipulations of the energy of the people took place there.

Of course it is a bit interesting to see Russia blame the changes and unrest in Egypt on Google. Of course, he was citing Google’s Ghonim who was and still is currently very active in the revolution in the country.

This implies that some Russian leaders are very interested in censoring the Internet at greater levels. Currently, Russia’s Internet freedom is very liberal but not all Russian officials feel it should remain that way. Some in Russia want to lock down the Internet in similar ways to China, restricting some Google searches, access to social networks and more.

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  • Michael Martinez

    But Google DID take an active role in the process by providing Egypt’s people with the means to circumvent the government’s shutdown of the Internet so that they could continue to organize protests through Twiiter (via their cell phones, through a relay service Google set up).

    In some states, Google’s actions would constitute a felony (but not in California so far as I have been able to determine) because a number of states prohibit subversive activities by corporations against foreign governments.

    If any Google employees who participated in that project reside in those states, they probably are guilty (and perhaps Google too) of committing those crimes.

    So the Russian point of view is something to be considered thoughtfully.

    Do we REALLY want American corporations to conduct foreign policy on our behalf? Well, truth be told, I am sure that numerous oil companies and fruit importers have already dirtied their hands in foreign policy — that is probably why various states forbid such activities now.

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