Well this one seemed inevitable. As technology companies continue to strike deals with centralized governments, the main compromise often involves censorship. Google is now facing the stark realities of its relationship with the Chinese government and the resulting frictions are sure to be closely monitored by corporations around the globe. Here’s an article from The Economist that concisely details the situation.
This also brings to mind a book recently co-written by Born Digital author John Palfrey entitled: Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rules in Cyberspace. I have been meaning to read this one for some time and will hopefully have an entry about it in the near future.