Google May Offer Services In Cuba, Iran, Sudan
It looks like Google may be ready to wade into another controversial censorship vs. availability of services situation. A high-ranking corporate representative has welcomed the U.S. Treasury’s decision to allow the exportation of online communications tools to Cuba, Iran, and Sudan.
According to Frank Jordans, Bob Boorstin, Director of Corporate and Policy Communications at Google, said during a human rights meeting in Geneva, "This is a great accomplishment. We are hopeful this will help people like yourselves in this room and activists all over the world take a small step down what is certainly a long road ahead."
What’s more, Boorstin indicated that Google isn’t going to just sit on the sidelines, wishing everyone well. Boorstin reportedly "said the Web search company would now be able to offer some of its other products in those countries," including Google Earth, Google Talk, and Picasa.
This is an interesting turn of events, considering that China recently threatened to leave China over free speech issues. If Google follows through on Boorstin’s remarks, the search giant’s sure to face fresh questions over whether it’s more interested in profits than human rights.
We’ll of course report on any further developments as they occur.