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Move is an attempt to get its Chinese operating license renewed

Early this year, attacks that allegedly originated from China against Google and other major tech firms were revealed. The attacks against Google resulted in compromised email addresses and the theft of data.

The attacks led to a confrontation between Google and the Chinese government that eventually grew to involve the U.S. government and turned into a censorship battle. Ultimately, Google closed its Chinese site and redirected users to the Google Hong Kong page that was less filtered than the Chinese page.

Naturally, the Chinese government didn’t like the fact that Google was redirecting users to other webpages for search. With the operating license that allows Google to run search operations in China up for renewal soon, the search giant is suddenly backing off and no longer redirecting some users from the page to the Google Hong Kong page automatically. For searchers who land on the page to be redirected, they have to click the anywhere on the page.

Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond wrote in a blog post, "It's clear from conversations we have had with Chinese government officials that they find the redirect unacceptable, and that if we continue redirecting users, our Internet Content Provider license will not be renewed." He also stated, "Without an ICP license, we can't operate a commercial website like so Google would effectively go dark in China."

Google is trying to renew is the Internet Content Provider license that is required by every website that operates in China. Without the license, the website will not be available to the largest internet using market on the planet.

According to Reuters, the likelihood that Google is making this move without having talked to Chinese authorities would is remote. The action Google is taking is likely a result of negotiations between the search firm and China.

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By therealnickdanger on 6/29/2010 10:16:15 AM , Rating: 2
1. Money.

2. Do no evil.

On the one hand, it's obvious that Google wants to dominate Asia just as it has at home. If I owned a business, I would want to be as successful and earn as much money as possible. If I owned Google and had that level of power and influence, I would certainly try to push my services into an oppressive environment like China. Not only would that help spread information to the masses, but also because those same people will be future customers... whether they know it or not.

By mfenn on 6/29/2010 10:24:44 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, too bad for Google that no is an unambiguous word(do no evil). China has stated that they are not going to let Google back in unless they censor search results. How is censorship doing no evil?

By Schrag4 on 6/29/2010 2:00:13 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps they've managed to negotiate less censorship and figure that's better for the chinese people than no Google search whatsoever (that was their original rationale for being in China to begin with, if I remember correctly). Or perhaps this move is all about money and nothing will change. I'll admit that my gut is telling me that it's just about money, but perhaps we should reserve judgement until more details are revealed. I had finally given Google some respect months ago when this all started, but I suspect I'll be taking it back soon...

By Fireshade on 6/30/2010 8:10:01 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps they've managed to negotiate [..]

Google are in no position to negotiate anything. China has them by the balls. It's as simple as that.

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