Better late than never
January 14, 2010 Leave a comment
Google was blocking certain search results on http://www.google.cn, such as the Tiananmen Square massacre on request of the Chinese government. No doubt some commercial interest was in play here.
Recently Google found out that some GMail accounts of Chinese dissidentes were being hacked on a rather sophisticated level. Although they do not claim that this was the work of the Chinese government, they did put a rather form statement online.
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.
Way to go Google. Information must be free and one should always rest assure that your private data should remain free. The main downside of this strong action of course is that the Chinese people will have to bear the consquences and have to do without Google.
It’s a long way to a perfect world.