Case Study Chap 3
1. What immediate and longer-term issues does Google’s censorship decision create?
Google’s censorship decision created a large number of expeditious questions. When Google’s stock fell, many protestors went the google headquarters in California and they assembled in front google office there. About 50,000 letter were sent to the CEO of the company. I those some of the, trying to rebuild the fallen stock of the company and regain the reputation. On the other hand, while maintain business with china they had cope with the government’s censorship relegation.
2. Prior to the launch of Google.cn, what factors should Google have considered in reaching their decision to comply with Chinese government censorship laws?
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” Was Google being evil?
From my perspective, I believe google was being evil and Dr. Schmidt statement is true. The company’s mission is to make information universally accessible. However, by doing this Google actually betrayed their own mission and betrayed the goals of the company. They should not allow the censorship of its search engines.
4. Using Thomas Donaldson’s Ethical Algorithm, assess the censorship issue and determine whether Google could be said to have acted ethically based on this model. Is the Ethical Algorithm model adequate when making ethical decisions outside of the company’s home country?
I believe that Google did not act ethically. Google actually violates its own rules and regulation of the company. Google should not censor any of its information because it only harms their reputation, it also harms company’s home country’s reputation. The Ethical Algorithm is not adequate when making ethical decision outside of the company’s home country because Googles guidelines in the united states are not similar to those in China.
5. It has been said that “[in the U.S. Constitution] the First Amendment does not reflect universal values. There is very little to say in favor of a single global standard of speech.” Do you agree/disagree with this statement, and how would you relate it to this case?
I agree with this statement. Not all of the country’s in the world are same. When google launched in china, they should have explained the government everything. For example, their regulation and google should have had all information to follow. However, they failed to do this which led them to their downfall and harm their reputation.
6. What should Google do?
Before launching google in china, Google should have a discussion with Chinese government and should have informed everything. If China did not want to allow google to do business, then google just could leave without harming their company’s reputation.