August 27, 2018

Chen Guangcheng, distinguished fellow, policy research, published commentary on The Washington Post about his thoughts on the news of Google working on a search engine for China's highly censored internet. 

...Back in 2010, Google grandly announced that it was leaving China’s vast consumer market, citing its hallowed principle of “do no evil.” The company said that it had decided to choose user privacy over profits rather than collaborate with the Communist Party regime in the surveillance of Chinese citizens. I was in prison when I heard this unfolding news, having myself been tracked, traced, spied on and kidnapped, and later tried on bogus charges and sentenced to more than four years in prison for my human rights work...

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