February 14, 2006

February 14 is “No Luv 4 Google” Day

NoLuv This post will stay at the top until the end of the day Tuesday.

I’m not a big fan of boycotts, because they tend not to be effective and tend to run out of steam.

This idea is different, and potentially effective:

The idea of Students for a Free Tibet’s Valentine’s Day Mass Breakup with Google is to avoid using Internet Wall of Shame member Google’s search and other services for just one day. It seems like a bit of a long shot, but if the search company and the rest of the world sees a significant drop in its traffic for a day, Google will know that there is deep-seated opposition to its recent actions in China. A message will have been sent. If little traffic change occurs, the downside will, in my opinion, be minimal. That is all one can hope for. Let’s try. An online pledge to that you will “show Google no luv” on February 14 is here.

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  1. There is a huge article in today’s Wall Street Journal about the extraordinary efforts of “hacktivists” to keep the free flow of information to China alive (no thanks to outfits like Google). Efforts like “Freegate” manage to stay one step ahead of the Golden Shield nationwide firewall. The guy who runs the project compares it to the red pill in The Matrix that shows you reality as it truly is.

    I’ll try and boycot Google tomorrow, but it’ll be hard. I guess I can’t use Yahoo either (not that I’ve used it for years). Hmm …

    Comment by Brendan — February 13, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

  2. #1, I agree that it won’t be easy. I have a couple of free search engines listed under “technical and search” on the right that you might want to try.

    I know the hacktivists are working hard and they are incredibly brave, noble, and remarkably successful. But if it isn’t transparent and easily accessible to the casual user, the government has won most of the battle.

    Comment by TBlumer — February 13, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

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