Davos, Google and Chinese walls

January 30, 2010

schmidtOne big item nowhere to be seen on the official agenda in Davos this year was the delicate matter of Google’s clash with China.

So was the censorship row censored in order not to offend the Chinese?

That’s not the way the Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, sees it.

“We raise issues where we know we can make a positive contribution to them,” he told Reuters. “This is an issue that is still cooking and we don’t think we could have made a positive contribution on it.”

Of course, that didn’t stop Google’s future in China being a top topic for corridor chat — after banker-bashing.

And the few words on China that passed the lips of Google CEO Eric Schmidt during a session on technology were scrutinised for hidden meaning. In truth, it was hardly ground-breaking stuff.

“We love what they (China) are doing in terms of growth,” Schmidt said. “We just don’t like the censorship.”

Don’t hold the front page.

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