A lot has been said already about Google launching a filtered version of their search engine in China. I guess there's just no easy answer to the question of whether this is 'good' or 'bad'. Dave Taylor makes an interesting comparison:
"This has played out again and again over the years. Remember shareholders boycotting companies that did business in South Africa? But didn't it turn out that those very companies and their enlightened human rights policies really helped eliminate apartheid?"
So, with hindsight, do we feel it has been 'good' or 'bad' that those companies did business in South Africa, although it was not their mission to eliminate apartheid...?