It’s been nearly a month since the battle between Google & China went public, and for the first time since the insident Google co-founder Sergey Brin said at the TED conference on Friday that he’s optimistic that Google will not end up pulling out of China because of the recent hacking and censorship issues.
“I’m an optimist. I want to find a way to work within the Chinese system and provide more and better information,” he said. “I think a lot of people think I’m naive, and that may be true.”
Many suspected that the Chinese govenment was behind the attacks against gmail users, however the nation denied any reports. Brin says that it doesn’t matter anymore and that Google is there to help the people in China.
“Even if there were a Chinese government agent behind this, it might represent a fragment of policy, as it were,” he said. “I think there are many people there and they have different views. If you look at when we entered China, in 2006, I actually feel like things really improved in subsequent years. We had to self-censor a fair amount, but we were actually able to censor less and less, and our competitors were able to censor less and less.”
He continued to talk about how Googld didn’t enter China to generated a revune, but rather wanted to help spread information.
“Perhaps people don’t believe this, but throughout all of the discussions of entering China our focus has really been what’s best for the Chinese people,” Brin stated. “It’s not been about our revenue or profit or whatnot.”
Overall Brin said that Google will not follow China’s ruls of pollitically censoring search results but have agreed to censor pornography and other questionable material.