[IRP] R: Fwd: [Expression] Googleblog: A new approach to China

Fiorello Cortiana f.cortiana
Tue Mar 23 12:23:50 EET 2010

Google is showing that the lien does not preclude the possibility ;-)





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Inviato: luned? 22 marzo 2010 22.10
A: irp; expression
Oggetto: [IRP] Fwd: [Expression] Googleblog: A new approach to China

Hi FoE & IRP peers 

I certainly agree with Ben.  Rebecca wrote in a blogpost earlier today <http://rconversation.blogs.com/rconversation/2010/03/chinese-netizens-open-letter-to-the-chinese-government-and-google.html> :

"I'm also hearing from many people that the "Google China incident" - as many Chinese call it - has greatly heightened awareness among normally apolitical Chinese Internet users about the extent of Internet censorship in their country. It has sparked a lot of debate and soul searching about the extent to which their government is causing them to be isolated from the rest of the world."

I thing a debate about how to support this soul searching could be quite productive.


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From: Ben Wagner <b at nwagner.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 8:49 PM
Subject: [Expression] Googleblog: A new approach to China
To: Expression IPjustice <expression at ipjustice.org>

This looks like it could be quite interesting. It remains to be see how this pans out in the wider scheme of things, but it certainly is an interesting development.

"[...] 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 <http://www.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 <http://www.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 <http://www.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 <http://www.google.com/prc/report.html#hl=en> , 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 <http://www.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."



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