07 May '13, 5am

Google Palestine: Is Google Taking Sides?

Google Palestine: Is Google Taking Sides?

Google has placed itself smack dab in the middle of a geopolitical conflict in its move to change the name of Google.ps from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine." The name "Palestine" is controversial to some while Israel and the Palestinian National Authority continue to negotiate political geographic borders. In effect May 1, the name change caused outrage by some and praise by others. A post from the BBC last week reported Google said it's following the footsteps of organizations like the United Nations, which voted to grant Palestine "non-member observer state status" in November 2012. In a statement, Google explained its decision: "In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, Icann [the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organisations." The Palestinian National Au...

Full article: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2266226/Google-Pales...

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