Google's homepage includes a wealth of information on the company's mission and philosophy, including "Democracy on the Web Works" and " One can make $ without doing evil". These statements and their self-congratulatory explanations are hollow and disturbing in light of Google's January 2006 decision to provide a censoring search engine in compliance with Chinese government wishes. For anyone connecting to the internet from China or Tibet, Google has actually censored out what would be considered pro-democratic/independence links regarding Tibet, Tianamen Square massacres etc. Futhermore, Google Earth free software does not have Tibet included as a place, location or anything else - apparently it does not exist.
I scoured the Google homepage for company commentary or statement related to this decision and found absolutely nothing. I attempted to gleen an email address for inquiry to no avail. Finally, I dialed the (650)-253-0000 number provided, and after deciding there were no viable options provided by the phone-tree, I went with the extension option. I punched in 2746 (the numbers correlating with last name of co-founder Brin) and to my surprise, I got his receptionist in one ring. After voicing my concerns and requesting policy stance, information, press release or any comment from Google (or where to find these), the receptionist told me to "google" the topic to find out more as Google had no official statement/stance/comment available for the public. I expressed my dissapointment and reiterated the company's touted philosophy juxtaposed to their recent actions. While the response was minimal, it was not robotic and easily accessed...so,...perhaps you, too, should drop a line?