China renews Google's internet licence
Mountain View outsources censorship to Beijing
Google's internet licence has been renewed in China, after the company stopped automatically redirecting Google.cn users to its "uncensored" servers in Hong Kong.
The world's largest ad broker added a brief update to its 28 June blog post in which it confirmed the licence renewal.
"We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP licence and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China," it said.
On 22 March this year Mountain View closed its China-based search engine and announced that it would redirect Google.cn visitors to its Hong Kong-based engine, Google.com.hk, where it would provide uncensored search results in simplified Chinese.
At the end of last month Google agreed to halt the automatic rerouting of its China search engine users to Hong Kong after Beijing officials threatened to not renew the firm's internet licence if it continued with the switcheroo.
In effect, Google has now outsourced censorship to Beijing. ®
When In Rome...
...take off the "I Love Greece" button.
Heck, it's China's football, if you don't like their rules, play elsewhere.
In america, if you sell poison food, you face years of investigations and lawyer's bills. In china they execute you.
Is either system better? Government is only as good as the humans in positions of power. At least both political systems separate church and state. (OK banning IS separation, after all.) We see truly evil government in countries where there is a state mandated religion.
China, i think, actually likes google, but they are very paranoid about information. Their is a 50+ year history of suppressing human rights, but, in fact, things there are better than the USA in some ways, and worse in others. Nobody's perfect. (My friend goes to Mainland china a few times a year, maybe i'll tag along next trip.) Today's leadership there really wants to help.
The United States government, on the other hand, has become slaves to the rich corporate bodies. Until we (i love being an american, don't get me wrong) figure out how to finance campaigns that cost multi-millions, our leaders are slaves to the greedy muthas (tm) that finance their campaigns.
</rant> <beer_consume> mmmmm__do_no_evil.
Google's Faustian Deal With China
In the "Washington Monthly" July/August 2010 Issue, read "The Agnostic Cartographer" by John Gravois (disclosure - married to wife's cousin) that details how Google serves up China-pleasing info on Google Earth from its China-Based servers but India-pleasing info when accessed in Indian (or most places other than China). Gravois builds his article around a discussion of Arunachal Pradesh, a mountainous region claimed by both countries and disputed for decades. So is Google "doing good?", "doing not good?". "doing us?", or what?
some of you guys are so dumb.
Ggoogle hasn't caved and have pulled a nice one over Beijing to keep there license. quite simply they have stopped automaticaly redirecting people to HK. they are displaying a fake front page that cannot be ussed to search. if clicked on the page takes the user to the HK site that is uncensored and users can search from there. At that point CN's great fire wall blocks any pages that Beijing decide are not acceptable for public consumption. Google is not censoring, Beijing is. nice one Google, Yahoo and M$ should follow suit and make Beijing do their own dirty work.