On that Google China/Censorship Thing

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by the Left Coast Rebel

Last night Google, (via their attorney and senior VP), announced that the company had been victimized be a widespread cyber attack last month. The blog mentioned that the attack was part of an effort (wink, wink, by the Chi-coms) to access the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Google has thus responded by a simple refusal to censor search results in China and is also threatening to exit the country altogether if it comes down to that. Good for them. Or is it merely a bluff?:

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered--combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web--have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

Now this story is interesting to me because in the past Google has had a less than stellar record in China, even here at home they have gotten into trouble via. censoring searches that put Islam under a bad light recently, while not doing the same for Christianity, Judaism, etc. I wonder what the true motive is here because I don't necessarily trust the company to do the right thing.

3 comments:

  1. I think you have to applaude them for going in the right direction on this one, and hope this will set the direction of the country from hear on out.

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  2. I question it as well. Too many high-level connections with both our government and Chinas, watch the right hand while the left goes un-noticed scenario.

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  3. I sorta expected that Google would understand that China is an iron fist when it comes to censorship. They knew this going in. If they truly thought they would accomplish any social change in China, that would have been naive. The people aren't allowed to criticize their government openly in China, and that is their law. Google's forward-thinkers should have known they would be subject to attacks of this sort at some point.

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