Google China: Google Will Stop Censoring its Searches with China

Posted on 13 January 2010 by author

There has been a recent bold statement released from the inner sanctum of Google. Paraphrased: Google said to China, “Due to your noncompliance with our request, we will stop censoring all our searches to google.cn”. With this assertion, this could spell the end of Google and all its business operation in China should one party doesn’t agree with the approach of the other end.

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These non-compliance could be expounded into these excerpts taken from google’s statement stating that they received recent sophisticated attacks all coming from China targeting “Chinese Human Rights Activist”.

First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses–including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors–have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.

Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.

Third, as part of this investigation but independent of the attack on Google, we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. These accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users’ computers.

Google made it clear that, “we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China.”

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.

Let’s take a peek with the past dispute of Google and China.

About half a year ago, CIIRC (China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center) along with other Chinese authorities manage to effectively blocked the seems to be unblockable mogul search-engine Google. Both Google.cn and Gmail remains unusable for several hours. The reason why CIIRC have done such move is to force Google to censor all its pornographic/illegal searches ‘pestering’ the Chinese web borders.

Mockingly, Google said, “Yes” to the demands of China and agreed to solemnly scrutinize the algorithm of their searches to avoid such searches to materialize. This seemingly bowing of Google’s head to the Chinese yields positive and negative remarks from different news sources and tech-critiques. For a company as big as Google allowing itself to be dictated by such strict censorship by China would mean that every news flowing out from China, including “freedom-of-speech”, could be controlled by private chinese authorities.

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For several months Google has been silent with this ordeal, only to find out that today Google made a chivalrous statement to stop this censorship because of China being non-compliant to Google’s terms.


This new approach being taken by Google will definitely bring an impact on how their business proposition in China plummets or to be totally dissolve depending on how China wants to play this issue out. Although, this move will beyond the doubt bring more respect to Google being the only current website who doesn’t allowed to be dictated by the rules of the Chinese.

MSN.cn, Baidu, Yahoo were all subjected to these restrictions by the Chinese, by being silent and carefully handpicking the search results being dropped to the Chinese web pool, these three still manage to settle a business with China. Google on the other hand won’t enjoy these benefits should their dispute with China turned out ugly.

All the while since this dispute erupted, Google’s profit with China already plummets. The question is, will Google really be devastated if Google.cn, gmail and other 3rd party services be blocked totally from China?

On the contrary:

With Google starting this anti-chinese censorhip move in the name of free speech, this could reignite worldwide issues as well, issues that are asking, “Why does China have this censorship privileges?”. History will tell that the Chinese government really do want to keep their privacy intact to the borders of their ruling. Obviously, “pornography” is not the only thing Chinese would want to be censored on Google.cn.

A lucrative move of Google, a move that could be supported globally if China try to resist Google’s peaceful request of allowing its searches be uncensored in the name of free-speech.

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  2. mayank agarwal (Reply) Posted on March 25th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    search anything is not a crime if we want to stop anyone that you have to search anything specific then we restrict their freedom and in our opinion,in the present global world we have not a right to restrict anyone freedom because any human being gets a right of freedom by its heridity. So china does not restrict that what the person search in their own country. By such kinds of things it losses their business operations, their crediblity……………….


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