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    Google Stops Censoring China. YIKES

    Greeting's.

    I have just finished reading about this and figured i'd start my interesting thread for the awesome 28 day challenge.

    On 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.

    Figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring search on Google.cn has been hard. We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement. We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we've faced—it's entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services. We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China.

    In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk. Finally, we would like to make clear that all these decisions have been driven and implemented by our executives in the United States, and that none of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them. Despite all the uncertainty and difficulties they have faced since we made our announcement in January, they have continued to focus on serving our Chinese users and customers. We are immensely proud of them.
    To see what is and what is not currently blocked in China check out this regulary updated page

    What's blocked in China? — http://www.google.com/prc/report.html#hl=en

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    Super Moderator: GMT Zone nihil's Avatar
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    Hey, that is interesting....... I read the other day that Google were expected to pull out of mainland China on April 10th.

    Is this a part of that move, and they are going to operate from HK, or is it a change of heart?

    Sort of put the ball back in the Chinese government's court............"it's up to you to control traffic to and from HK"?

    I just can't see an outfit like Google walking away from a potential market that size without a lot of wriggling.
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    No real surprise there. They also happen to be one of the largest spammers in the world. They share that dubious title with India, and most former Soviet republics.

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    Well, my anticipated reaction didn't take long:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03...kong_services/

    If you cannot do someone any good: don't do them any harm....
    As long as you did this to one of these, the least of my little ones............you did it unto Me.
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    If they want to become a network seperate from the internet so badly then we need to systematically take china off of our root name servers.

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