About time, I say. While this story does not totally pertain to Open Source in a K-12 Classroom, it does pertain to something larger, freedom for all. We often talk about free as in beer and free as in freedom, so this story definitely pertains to the latter. Seems that a few years ago, Google setup a China Google search site. After Chinese citizens began to access said site to view ‘controversial’ information, mainly related to Tibet and Tienaneman Square protests, China forced Google to filter their search. Recently, after Google found Chinese hackers were accessing Chinese protester email accounts, they opened up their search wide open. After time, China figured out how to block certain searches once again. What makes the story totally comical, is they had a Chinese Information Minister quoted as saying, and I paraphrase, ‘Google is not a good business. Everyone knows you can only find pornography there.’ Unbelievable! Seriously? In 2010, people really think anyone will buy that line? And why do we continue to allow this to happen? We talk often about why we purchase this insanely priced software. Why we use proprietary hardware. Then we have a county, one of the largest populated in the world, that cannot even access unfiltered search. It will be very interesting to see what happens with this story.