When eBay agreed to buy Skype last week in a $2.6 billion deal, it also landed complications in China. The Chinese government is cracking down on Skype usage and blocking downloads. Chinese users are figuring out ways to get around this ban, and sharing info about where else to download Skype. But once Skype becomes part eBay, a blue-chip multinational company with interests in China, will it be easier for the Chinese to get Skype to cooperate with this communications crackdown? That was the case with Yahoo.
Perhaps the best information technology for China is open-source. It comes with no corporate arms to twist.