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October 30, 2003: Google Founders on Fresh Air

Fresh Air's Terry Gross interviews Larry and Sergey. Some highlights:

Terry asks if there are countries that block Google results. Their first answer: the United States. "The United States has the Digital Millenium Copyright Act [...] there are probably a handful of sights -- maybe a hundred web pages are blocked for that reason. [...] In France and Germany there are some rules against Nazi sites [...] a handful of sites are blocked. [...] The country can block certain sites in some countries [...] the most famous case for us was [...] China."

Terry noted that when she searched for "Google" and clicked I'm Feeling Look and nothing happened! "In Computer Science we call that recursion. [...] Sergey's giving me a dirty look." And then Sergey suggested it was "idempotence".

Terry asks if they feel like Revenge of the Nerds-type geeks. "I hope we can serve as positive examples. [...] I'm always amazed that there aren't more people who work on technology and science [...] I think that's the easiest way to change the world."

Posted by Aaron Swartz on October 30, 2003 08:06 AM