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. …………………….
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.)
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.
from FP Passport by Joshua Keating
“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.”
from PR Studies by Richard Bailey
from DigiActive.org by Michael
from Mashable! by Stan Schroeder
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.
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.