Yesterday's announcement that Google would no longer censor content flowing across its google.cn search portal and might even shutter operations there made for big news around the globe. Everywhere, that is, but China, where the news was heavily censored.
Since entering the Chinese market in 2005, Google has walked a fine line there, delicately balancing the interests of a Chinese government highly sensitive to what its citizens see and read on the Web with governments and human rights groups that believe Google should not legitimize oppressive media practices in the country. But a series of massive cyber attacks against Google and other companies that purportedly originated from China seem to have changed Google's mind about what it is willing to tolerate in order to capitalize on China's 300 million Web users.
Google's Chinese-language portal functions much like the English language version, with one distinct difference: search up something the government doesn't approve of-–be it pornography, the terms "Tiananmen Square Massacre" or a Web Page about the oppressed Falun Gong religious group–-and let's just say you won't be feeling lucky.
But while Google's decision, released via blog post, made waves around the world, Chinese citizens naturally didn't hear much about it. The Chinese government scrubbed reports of Google's insubordination from the Web, particularly those containing the terms "free speech" or "surveillance."
While some praised Google's refusal to continue participating in Chinese censorship, others criticized the move as giving up the good fight; without a Western powerhouse like Google in China, who is going to keep pressuring the government to liberalize its Internet policies? Whatever happens, it's unlikely China is going to bend for the sake of keeping Google, when its own search portal Baidu is around to do its bidding.
Amazing how much of a powerhouse Google is and the fact that it takes a major effort by a country just to prevent their citizens from viewing information online!
What Google's trying to do here is a good idea....china cant control what their citizens see.....to a point......
it's called a fire wall, and they sure will try.
With China's persistant cyberattacks on governmental and corporate entities. Why is it that the corporations or government haven't returned the favor to China? Don't say moral high ground, no one is THAT naive.
I lived in China for 4 years and their firewall is a pain in the neck.
However, with all the proxies available it's possible to get around the firewall for most webpages (those without really HOT keywords, like "Folun Gong").
The majority of Chinese people simply don't care enough to make the effort and choose to believe the propaganda that their government feeds them.
I'm a Chinese student ,I think everyone here had known this .It's a big news.
Google is surely an online beast but the way social media has started to dominate with sites like Facebook and Twitter the power of search has changed!