Sorry for posting 2 stories about Google in my 2 posts I've done so far. I promise my 3rd will be about something else entirely.
I really wanted to flesh out the Google-may-be-evil-after-all angle of my last piece by linking a few stories about Google's collaboration with France's and Germany's governments to remove "Nazi paraphernalia" from the search results, but I couldn't find them in the time I had to write the post. They've made it easy for me to find a story by agreeing to do the same sort of filtering in China to comply with Chinese speech restrictions.
The article points out that "Google is cooperating with China's government at the same time it is battling the U.S. government over a subpoena seeking a breakdown of one week's worth of search requests _ a list that would cover millions of terms," but I really think that's an apples to oranges comparison. One is regarding limiting access to results while the other is regarding information they've already collected. Trying to twist this into Google likes China but doesn't like the US is pretty silly given the context.
Now it's important to note that if I were in Google's position, I'd do exactly the same thing. I'd have no problem being the bad guy to get the massive market share possible by having access to Chinese Internet users. However, I'd think that Google's stance of doing no evil would prevent them from being the bad guys here. I guess being evil doesn't matter when marketshare is at stake.
The Chinese Google site should be live today or tomorrow some time at www.google.cn. I'll check it out when I get a chance. I'd encourage you to do the same. I honsetly don't know if we'll get the same results searching outside of China as the Chinese get searching inside of China. They may not filter our results since they can pretty easily tell which country we're searching from.