Support is growing for Google's threat to withdraw from China unless it's allowed to provide an open and uncensored service, with officials at the highest level in Europe and the US standing by the search giant.
Yesterday reports indicated that the White House was backing the move as it supports the right to a free Internet.
Although a spokesman would not be drawn into offering explicit support, he did re-iterate that President Obama has previously called for a free Internet.
Meanwhile, more direct support came yesterday from Neelie Kroes, the women widely tipped to be the EU's next top Internet official.
Kroes has backed Google's threat, citing freedom of speech.
In addition, she warned that technology companies need to be more concerned about privacy threats.