As the president of the American Society for Indexing, Fred Leise, explained, the GLP indexes operate by means of what is called a “control vocabulary” assigned to every single text. Obviously, a brute-force word search through 5m vols looking for, say, “England” will come up with haystacks not needles. But who controls that control vocabulary, and the gateway to information? Google. And they who control it, control knowledge. Ask yourself, what would the Chinese government do with this tool?

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