China blocks YouTube -- how will Google respond?
Access to YouTube.com, usually readily available in China, was blocked after videos appeared on the site Saturday showing foreign news reports about the Lhasa demonstrations, montages of photos and scenes from Tibet-related protests abroad.
How will Google, YouTube's parent company, respond? Readers of my blog will recall that I've previously criticized Google and other Silicon Valley companies for assisting Chinese censorship by restricting search results (see here and here). Now that one of Google's most valuable web properties is being blocked, will it stand up to the dictators in Beijing or seek to accommodate them by removing the related videos?