Google vs. China roundup

Posted by on March 23rd, 2010
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A new approach to China: an update

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler

1On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence to suggest that the Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists connected with China were being routinely accessed by third parties, most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on their computers. We also made clear that these attacks and the surveillance they uncovered?combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free speech on the web in China including the persistent blocking of websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs and Blogger?had led us to conclude that we could no longer continue censoring our results on Google.cn.

So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services?Google Search, Google News, and Google Images?on Google.cn. Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong. Users in Hong Kong will continue to receive their existing uncensored, traditional Chinese service, also from Google.com.hk. Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over. …………………….

One Google, One World; One China, No Google

from FP Passport by Christina Larson

Internet Freedom: Protect, then project

from …My heart’s in Accra by Ethan

A few weeks back, I offered a blogpost that was intended to spark some conversation about the idea of Internet Freedom. I?ve gotten a wealth of reactions to that post, laudatory and critical, and I?ve recently been more involved with more conversations about Internet Freedom than I?d strictly bargained for. It?s an issue near the front of many minds, as we wait to hear whether Google will stop censoring its Chinese search engine, as we ponder the implications of Treasury?s recent rule changes regarding social media, and we watch congressional hearings and the progress of multiple pieces of legislation. (My friend and colleague Rebecca MacKinnon, who?s been busy trying to educate Washington about these issues, offers a thorough overview of the complexities of this space, from the legislative and lobbying side.)

China: Singing farewell to Google

from Global Voices Online by John Kennedy

Following the closure early this morning of Google’s mainland China search engine Google.cn, which now redirects to its Hong Kong-based counterpart, supporters of the company have throughout the day descended once again on Google’s Beijing headquarters to pay their last respects.

Morning Brief: China: Google move “totally wrong”

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

What Google’s China decision means

from FP Passport by Blake Hounshell

“The story?s not over yet,” Google cofounder Sergey Brin told the New York Times in a brief interview after his company redirected Chinese Internet users from Google.cn to a Web address in Hong Kong today. ?There was a sense that Hong Kong was the right step.”

Google in China

from PR Studies by Richard Bailey

Google?s Stand on Uncensored Search: Irrelevant to China?s Internet Experience

from DigiActive.org by Michael

Well, That Didn?t Work: China Censors Google Hong Kong Site

from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder

MAIN FOCUS: Google defies Chinese censorship | 24/03/2010

from euro|topics

Since Tuesday night the US company Google has been redirecting Chinese visitors to its servers in Hong Kong to avoid censorship from the People’s Republic. Commentators see the move as the reasonable course of action, enhancing both the company’s image and freedom of opinion.

Google makes good on its promise to withdraw from China

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Alexandra Jaffe

On Monday, Google officially removed its search site from chinese servers, submerging the country in a partial Google blackout much sooner than expected and drawing both outrage and praise for the act.

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