According to THIS article from Reuters, Google has decided to abandon its Google.cn Web site in China over censorship issues. It’s important to note that they are still keeping an R&D center in China.
This news breaks at the same time as Microsoft’s $500 million Chinese R&D investment news.
We now see two ethical paths that have been taken: one new media provider bowing out and losing significant profit as a result (Reuters also reports China’s economy grew 11.9 % in the first quarter) and one new media provider who is complying with local laws for the sake of doing business.
This is perhaps one of the greatest new media ethical debates ever, because no longer is the road less traveled a hypothetical– both paths have been taken. So which is more ethical? Why?