23 February 2007

google sensors itself for profits in china

Google censors itself for China

Leading internet company Google has said it will censor its search services in China in order to gain greater access to China's fast-growing market.
Google has offered a Chinese-language version of its search engine for years but users have been frustrated by government blocks on the site.
The company is setting up a new site - Google.cn - which it will censor itself to satisfy the authorities in Beijing.
Google argued it would be more damaging to pull out of China altogether.
While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information... is more inconsistent with our mission
Google statement
Critics warn the new version could restrict access to thousands of sensitive terms and web sites. Such topics are likely to include independence for Taiwan and the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
The Chinese government keeps a tight rein on the internet and what users can access. The BBC news site is inaccessible, while a search on Google.cn for the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement directs users to a string of condemnatory articles.
Google's move in China comes less than a week after it resisted efforts by the US Department of Justice to make it disclose data on what people were searching for.
this originaly appeared january last year.
on the bbc online news site

yet here we all are as appraised as we can be of the facts in western so called democracies where media blackouts are an everyday occurance,willingly signing up to jump through the hoops when it requires us to do so.
are we complicit in censorship.
when will google censor us?

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