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Google has had enough of China

It took a few months, but Google has finally had enough of China. Google and the Chinese government have been at odds ever since Google claimed that it systems were hacked by the Chinese. “In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google,” wrote Google Chief Legal Advisor David Drummond back in January. “However, it soon became clear that what at what first appeared to be solely a security incident--albeit a significant one--was something quite different.”

Since that time, a war of words has been escalating and U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has even gotten involved. Now, Google has finally put its foot down with regards to China – it's tired of the network attacks and it's tired of censoring search results to appease the Chinese government.

“So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on,” wrote David Drummond, Google's Chief Legal Officer, on the company's official blog today. “Users visiting are now being redirected to, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong.”

Drummond goes on to say that the Chinese government has been unwilling to compromise or hear Google's side of the argument when it comes to censorship, let alone the network intrusions that originated in China. Also noteworthy is that Drummond specifically mentions that U.S. executives alone were responsible for the decision to shut down “None of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them,” Drummond emphasized, likely in a nod to ensure that nothing fishy happens to the Chinese employees.

Despite the fact that will cease to exist, Google maintains that it will continue to pursue its research and development efforts in China.

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RE: Way to go Google
By MadMan007 on 3/22/2010 4:39:23 PM , Rating: 2
Did you really have to post the same question 3 times?

RE: Way to go Google
By Smilin on 3/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: Way to go Google
By ekv on 3/22/2010 5:07:26 PM , Rating: 3
Unfortunately it is unusual for a business to take such a stand. Taking the high-road is all too uncommon these days. So it does need to commended. Often.

I too have some gripes regarding Google however. I don't care for all the "personal" data they collect from users of their web-sites. Having said that, I have not heard much about Google censoring the web. Do you have links?

RE: Way to go Google
By Smilin on 3/22/10, Rating: 0
RE: Way to go Google
By ekv on 3/22/2010 5:30:39 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, I read it. Thanks. I also read

The article you reference seems to say that Google censors results for countries like Germany and France, etc., because the search restrictions are openly stated and democratically voted on, as it were. For China, the search restrictions imposed on Google, et al., are a state secret. China is communist after all.

Censorship isn't perfect. Transparency appears to be their key, though some of it boils down to being decided by the "Cult of Google".

RE: Way to go Google
By Lifted on 3/22/2010 7:16:15 PM , Rating: 1
China is communist after all.

All these years at "war" with the evil commies and we can't even edumacate people on what communism is.

RE: Way to go Google
By ekv on 3/22/2010 7:53:48 PM , Rating: 2
I see you're right on topic....

Or do I state the obvious?

RE: Way to go Google
By GodisanAtheist on 3/22/2010 10:01:35 PM , Rating: 2
I think he's going for the whole "China isn't communist, they're some weird form to totalitarian" angle. A point of view with which I could agree.

RE: Way to go Google
By ekv on 3/22/2010 10:58:03 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I didn't quite get that. Especially with the "edumacate" reference.

Was I putting a negative spin in my statement that was anti-Chinese communism? Sure. Why not. Is there a problem with that?

Am I trying to make them out as the sinister bogeyman and therefore the world needs to take action? Puhlease. Give me a break.

And just so we stay somewhere near on-topic, I just saw another article which is typical of how China treats dissent.

"China Doesn't Need a Politicized Google"
No country will allow information about subversion, separation, racialism and terrorism to circulate in it through the Internet.
Would I be out-of-line to suggest that the USA does indeed allow this. Does Google censor some searches? yes. But as far as "subverting" the gov't? Damn, you can find all kinds of stuff.

RE: Way to go Google
By Smilin on 3/24/2010 9:57:41 AM , Rating: 2
LOL you dicks downrated a link to a cnn article? What is your agenda here?

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