Google's lonely stand
Has Google painted itself into a corner over its decision to stop censoring results in China?
It would seem its move to uphold internet freedom has not resulted in any sort of world-wide revolt to force China to bend in the way it did over the whole Green Dam issue.
An outcry last year resulted in China delaying a plan requiring all new computers sold in the country to be equipped with this internet-filtering software that was created to stop people viewing "offensive" content like pornographic or violent websites.
It could be argued that China isn't really under any great pressure this time around, except from Google and a cadre of US government officials which are probably a constant thorn in the country's side.
Take a look at the rest of corporate America. The silence there is practically deafening. There has been some lip service paid to the search giant's decision to no longer filter results in China, but hardly what you would call enthusiastic or overwhelming.
Actually Microsoft sounds pretty hacked off because it seemed to be singled out for criticism by Google founder Sergey Brin who told the Guardian "I'm very disappointed for (in) them in particular.
"I would hope that larger companies would not put profit ahead of all else. Generally, companies should pay attention to how and where their products are used."
The world's biggest software company responded with a statement that makes it clear Google should poke its nose elsewhere.
"We appreciate that different companies may make different decisions based on their own experiences and views," a spokesman said. "We have done business in China for more than 20 years and we intend to continue our business there."
I am not sure that Google really expected a rush of CEO's or for corporate America to jump to its side. It didn't happen when Google first went public back in January when it revealed that the Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists with links to China had been hacked.
Google said at the time around 20 other companies had also been hit. Security experts put the figure higher at upwards of 40. But none of them put their heads above the parapet then, apart from Microsoft which was outed to some degree because hackers exploited a weakness in Internet Explorer.
There are many good reasons why other companies don't wanted to get sucked in from protecting their own employees in the country to looking after business interests in a potentially huge market that already boasts over 384m internet users.
From a government perspective, Reuters reports that US officials also seem to be taking a back seat on the issue calling it a "business decision" of which Washington had no part.
This is in contrast to back in January when Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made a high profile speech that said that companies such as Google should refuse to support "politically motivated censorship".
The state department is continuing to work its back channels with authorities in Beijing and keeping a dialogue going about internet freedom.
But on that very point, there is one influential blogger here in Silicon Valley who is suggesting turning the whole thing on its head and putting China on notice.
Tom Foremski, formerly of the Financial Times and now editor of the Silicon Valley Watcher wants China to be cut off from the interner. In other words, use censorship to fight censorship and block all traffic to the country.
"I thought it would be interesting to see if we could use the internet to show our support for Google. Google gets a lot of criticism over this issue but you have got to say they are doing the right thing and at some cost to themselves too."
Mr Foremski told me he wants to encourage all webmasters to play their part in freezing China out, which of course is what China does with its Great Firewall which censors what its people can see online.
"I agree it is fighting fire with fire but again if there are complaints about the censorshp and especially if China were to complain, that proves there is value in an uncensored internet."
Mr Foremski says he has had a mixed reaction to his plan and no formal response from Google, or from the Chinese government to which he has
written an open letter.
Mr Foremski is not without a sense of humour because the day he would like to see this call to arms to take place is 6 July, the birthday of the Dalai Lama.