• http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    Google’s vision for a new world order is as frightening as the dictators’: If a government doesn’t act the way Google wants it to, Google may not only pull the plug on its services — it may just help foment a rebellion (as it did in Egypt).

    The people at Google should think long and hard about the consequences of making themselves a power for change in a world filled with radicals and nutcases. Not everyone who shares the Internet shares Google’s warm and fuzzy principles.

  • Winooski

    First of all, Google didn’t “foment” the rebellion in Egypt. What I believe you’re referring to is Wael Ghonim, Google’s exec for Middle East & Africa marketing, who had anonymously run a Facebook page protesting the government’s violent crackdown, was himself imprisoned for it, and thereby became a cause célèbre for the movement:

    http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/2011/02/freed-google-manager-helped-spark-egypt-revolt

    Second of all, you *really* think the big G is gonna pull out of any country with a substantial-enough market? Even in China, with which Google famously has huge problems, they’re still doing business, though I think they link out to Google Hong Kong:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_China

    Bottom line: Money talks (or it doesn’t talk, it swears, per Bob Dylan), and if there were a substantial enough market for Google in Kazachstan, I’m sure they’d find some way to work out a presence there, autocrat or no.

  • Winooski

    (Make that Kazakhstan, not Kazachstan. Sure wish we could edit our posts “ex post facto”. [;-)] )