A friend of mine who's worked in China over the past few years told me the story of the Wu Mao Tang. This translates, roughly, to the "50¢ party"; it's the name of the army of internet users that the government pays to surf the net, looking for "subversives". This is where poverty, and a lack of culture that values freedom collide: 50¢ is enough to buy the selling out of your wrong-thinking peer. We should remember that Google isn't arguing just against the government, but millions of Chinese that support it. And that this isn't so much a technical matter (we're used to fearing automatic filtering) as much as a social and cultural one.