Google: Banning Books In The US Is Bad; Censorship In China, Not So Much

Google’s

blogging
(and

here
) about how it is supporting the 25th anniversary of the

American Library Association’s Banned Book Week
by posting information about
novels that have been challenged or banned from being in libraries within the
United States. That’s great, but it also rings hollow given Google’s support of
wide-spread
censorship
in China.

Consider some of the quotes the ALA has
put out
to promote its anti-banning campaign:

"Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment
of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment."Library
Bill of Rights

"We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and
resist all efforts to censor library resources." ALA
Code of Ethics

Google’s a library resource, make no doubt about it. Pick a librarian, and
they’ll tell you Google is a key resource they use. Not the only resource, but
an important one — and one that I doubt they feel should be censored to the
degree that Google does in China.

Back to Google’s support of Banned Book Week, its new
Explore Banned Books
page has links to information about 42 classic books that have been banned or
challenged over time.
Here’s
a recent article on banned books in China.

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