Google in China and the art of self-discipline

In understanding  Google’s decision to close their site, this is the most comprehensive article I have come across.

The article also gives a good insight to the workings of self-discipline (read self-censorship) or as Clive Thompson writes:

The Chinese system relies on a classic psychological truth: self-censorship is always far more comprehensive than formal censorship. By having each private company assume responsibility for its corner of the Internet, the government effectively outsources the otherwise unmanageable task of monitoring the billions of e-mail messages, news stories and chat postings that circulate every day in China.

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