Joho the Blog: Yahoo vs. Google: Who’s the Chinese government’s very best buddy?: “But someone in Yahoo got a list of search terms the Chinese want blocked. They looked down the list and saw “Tiananmen Massacre,” “Dalai Lama,” “Falun Gong,” and maybe “democracy.” “Yup,” this person thought, “Our product can do that. No problemo.” Thus Yahoo wrote into its code the repressive values of the Chinese government.”
When values get embedded in infrastructure (as they often are), they become almost invisible and hard to catch.