encyclo - 12:53 am on Jan 14, 2010 (gmt 0)
Google acted on censorship amid China dissident fears [guardian.co.uk]
Google moved quickly to announce that it would stop censoring its Chinese service after realising dissidents were at risk from Beijing's attempts to use the company's technology for political surveillance, according to a source with direct knowledge of the internet giant's most senior management.
As the US intervened in Google's challenge to Beijing, the source told the Guardian the company's decision was largely influenced by the experiences of Sergey Brin's Russian refugee background. The Google co-founder "felt this very personally", the source said. "The notion that somebody would try to turn Google's tools into tools of political surveillance was something he found deeply offensive."
When it became clear that the cyber attacks were about political surveillance, people at the very top of the company "decided they no longer wanted to participate in this kind of behaviour," said the source.