“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.”
There has been a number of highly sophisticated attempts originating from China to hack into G-mail accounts of Chinese Human Rights Activitists! This suggests what many of us already know, that is, the Chinese Government uses (or abuses?) its supreme technological ability to achieve it’s goals, whether good or bad. Interestingly, Google makes an attempt to ensure the safety of it’s Chinese Staff by adding the following remark:
“We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China.”
Google betrayed the “freedom of speech” in 2006 when they bowed down to the Chinese Government’s demand for censorship of the search engine in China, but maybe these events will finally force Google to do what they should have done when presented with such oppressive demands: make it clear that when it comes to search results, it’s All or Nothing.
Read this startling announcement in Google’s Blog.