☞ Clear Thinking
By webmink on Jan 12, 2010
Google doubtless understands that the Chinese government don't respond well to public statements like this. I expect them to get far less diplomatic, directly-rude responses in fact. But after attempting to do things China's way, it's hard to see what response they could take to the betrayal of the trust they had placed in the Chinese government by toeing their line for three years. Google's business will increasingly depend on being globally trusted and this sort of political behaviour is a business necessity for them. It also challenges their competitors to make a stand that looks equally principled. Sadly, I expect most of them to be in Chinese government offices right now offering to fill the gap Google will leave. To understand why, Google "webmink reptiles".
More intensely sensible comment from Schneier. We need to refuse to be terrorised, which means refusing to tolerate security theatre that responds to it by propogating it. To the readers who only read my comments and not the articles; go on, read this one before you accuse me of stuff for a change!
Sensible comment on travel security from The Independent's travel guy: "We need a "Groucho" approach to airline security. To paraphrase Groucho Marx's attitude to clubs, I'd prefer not to join a flight that unquestioningly accepts dodgy characters like me on board."