Google's Brin: China Too 'Totalitarian'

Co-founder says it reminds him of his native Soviet Union
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2010 3:06 PM CDT
Google's Brin: China Too 'Totalitarian'
Security guards peep near the Google logo outside the Google China headquarters in Beijing Wednesday, March 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Google's decision to stop service in China was based on the company's growing unease about the compromises required by Beijing, co-founder Sergey Brin tells the Wall Street Journal. The censorship exercised by the government reminded him of life in the Soviet Union, which Brin and his parents left when he was 6.

"I see the same earmarks of totalitarianism, and I find that personally quite troubling," he says. Things got worse after the Olympics, and the cyber-attacks in January, allegedly perpetrated by the government to spy on activists, were "the straw that broke the camel's back." Brin says he holds out hope "that the long-term solution is the liberalization of the Internet in mainland China."
(More Google stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.