Well done Google

March 24th, 2010 at 9:53 am by David Farrar

Google has redirected www..cn from its censored China located search engine to its uncensored Hong Kong search engine.

This is quite smart, as it is highlighting that China itself allows Chinese in Hong Kong much greater freedoms than on the mainland. If they block google.cn (which is likely) they are saying that Hong Kong Google is breaking Chinese law.

Searches from China must pass through the Chinese government’s extensive web filters – collectively known as the Great Firewall – which automatically weeds out anything considered pornographic or politically sensitive.

The move, in effect, shifts the responsibility for censoring from Google to the communist government.

And this is how it should be. Personally I want no censorship at all, but if it has to occur it should be the Government, not the search engine provider, that does it.

UPDATE: The SMH also reports Google has done a submission to the Australian Government strongly criticising their Internet filter, and warning it “would enable future governments to use it for political censorship”.

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13 Responses to “Well done Google”

  1. Tassman (238 comments) says:

    I’m glad and boasting about the fact that I am the only person in here who has an independent opinion not influenced by fear or by fanatism therefore exist.

    I’d like to publicly congratulate China for a stand on its own principles for the sake of her people’s cognitive developments and enlightenment, and wellbeing.

    While Google continues to violate the world’s privacy and sabotaged anything they hold sacred, the US machine hides beneath it in the indoctrination of your minds.

    Join the China NZ FTA celebrations in April..

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  2. LeftRightOut (622 comments) says:

    Google 1 – Censorious shits 1.

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/google-fine-for-uncensored-dirty-jokes/story-e6frf7jx-1225844551943

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  3. LeftRightOut (622 comments) says:

    Google 1 Censorious Shits 1

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/google-fine-for-uncensored-dirty-jokes/story-e6frf7jx-1225844551943

    I am offended at their taking offence.

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  4. Tassman (238 comments) says:

    Cant say the same thing for a NZ USA fta….

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  5. aardvark (417 comments) says:

    And now China is starting to block Google’s HK site.

    Nobody ought to be surprised though.

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  6. LeftRightOut (622 comments) says:

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  7. Repton (769 comments) says:

    You’re like a mirror-universe version of RedBaiter, Tassman. I look forward to you meeting him in the flesh some time — hopefully you’ll mutually annihilate as soon as you shake hands.

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  8. LeftRightOut (622 comments) says:

    Google 1 Censorious Shits 1

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/google-fine-for-uncensored-dirty-jokes/story-e6frf7jx-1225844551943

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  9. Jeff83 (770 comments) says:

    Would say Redbaiter makes more sense, and that is a seriously scary proposition.

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  10. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    What took Google so long?. Personally I think China is pushing shit uphill with a sharp stick a bit like the boy with his finger in the leaking dyke.

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  11. Storm (16 comments) says:

    The move from .cn to .hk means nothing, other than having an appearance of Google screwed themselves on this.

    Every site on the net is scrubbed before served to the user, which means that even though the search result itself was not filtered, when the content is served to the user, the filter will pick up any objectionable or sensitive material and the connection to the web server will be terminated. Regardless of Google’s filtering on the search engine, the material would have been blocked by the firewall.

    I’ve uploaded a couple of screenshots of what Kiwiblog looks like in China just to give you a good idea of what it’s like. The IE screenshot is taken without proxy (ie. a normal connection straight to China Telecom), while the Firefox screenshot was taken while using my VPN service.

    http://iforce.co.nz/i/gnhy023w.jpg
    http://iforce.co.nz/i/y3owo4ur.jpg

    With the normal connection, Kiwiblog stops loading when it gets to loading the part with Twitter because Twitter is blocked in China. At that point the site will stop loading in IE, or if in Firefox, it’ll never fully load. Either way, we can’t see the content.

    I don’t condone the filtering by the government, but at the same time it’s unavoidable, and I have no better suggestion. Officially the population sits @ 1.3 billion, unofficially it’s estimated at 1.7 billion, and simply put, there’s no easy way to govern. One thing that irks me somewhat is westerners criticizing how China does things (to be fair, I’m a Hong Kong Chinese that grew up overseas, started living/working in Beijing since ’08), no other country is in this position, in fact, things are so much easier when the group that you need to govern is say 4 million (NZ) or 307 million (US). History has shown over and over again that Chinese can be very extremist and when complaining about the government they are ruthless. If information is freely available, the first thing the foreigners will do is leave China, because the country will go into chaos.

    Now back to the Google thing, from a business perspective, if you’re a foreign company heading into a new market, you abide by the laws of that country, there’s no 2 ways about it. Yet somehow because China is a communist state, their laws are not laws anymore, and that a company should save their people?

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  12. Uplander (46 comments) says:

    Uplander spent 5 weeks in China in 2007 and was e-mailed one of those stupid chain letters suggesting in rather strong terms that due to China’s human rights record the Olympics should be shifted from Beijing to somewhere in the west.
    A day or so later I went back in to show someone the e-mail and it had disappeared. All the rest were there but not that one.

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  13. seank (2 comments) says:

    Capitalists with a conscience, what next……???

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