Google’s decision to stop censoring search results in China is welcome. Even more welcome is its more vocal stance in favor of free speech and against censorship. From the New York Times:

In December, a Google senior vice president, Jonathan Rosenberg, issued an online manifesto that placed Google’s business and ethical interests squarely behind open information, and against censorship.

“There are forces aligned against the open Internet — governments who control access, companies who fight in their own self-interests to preserve the status quo,” he wrote. “They are powerful, and if they succeed we will find ourselves inhabiting an Internet of fragmentation, stagnation, higher prices, and less competition.”

Couldn’t have said that better myself.