With Sergey Brin traipsing around Washington DC searching desperately for politicians, any politicians, who might want to hear what he had to say about network neutrality, it appears he made a bit of a surprising assertion. After being caught totally off-guard by the response to Google's move into China with a partially filtered search engine, and a series of attempts at explaining the rationale for the decision, Brin is now admitting that the company may have made a mistake in China, and they may end up reversing course at some point in the future. As we said at the time, whether or not you support Google's reasoning, what was surprising was that they didn't seem to have a reasonable explanation ready for how this fit with their overall corporate philosophy -- which they had used over the years to build up a tremendous amount of goodwill. Saying sorry does help to mend strained relationships, so it will be interesting to see if such public self-reflection helps re-establish some amount of trust in Google. Of course, for those who aren't comfortable with Google's actions in China, it would seem that the admission won't matter much without following it up with an actual change in policy.
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