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Google threatens end to Chinese censorship

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Chinese to do the job themselves!

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It’s hard to see Google’s move as a brave and principled strike against China’s intolerance of political dissent. The ad broker has said it’s no longer prepared to censor searches in China. So, does that mean it’s simply kicked the problem of policing Chinese Google searches to the Chinese themselves? It’s a sensible bit of outsourcing really – censorship is one of Beijing’s core competencies. And they’ll probably do it more efficiently.

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Written by curly

January 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

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  1. I can’t see what point you’re trying to make Curly. Do you agree with the Register’s reactionary and cynical editorial? It’s easy to sneer but at least they’re changing their position (even this little move) and making a public stand. As you’ve pointed out, even our own MP grovels shamelessly to Chinese blood money.

    rossinisbird

    January 13, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    • I guess I’m trying to say that the Chinese authorities, with their own Baidu search engine being the massive market leader, really won’t give a stuff what Google says or does, and for Google to close their Chinese operation this ‘altruism’ may be a good foil to some market analysts, but little more than the loss of some pocket money in the overall scheme of things.

      It would be abandoning $350 million worth of business, but this represents just 2 per cent of its worldwide revenues. Some suggest that Google has little to lose, as it is not making inroads into China. Figures from the market research firm comScore show that about 70 per cent of searches in China are made through the local search engine Baidu and Google trails in second with about 15 per cent.

      far more interesting will be how far Obama and Clinton are prepared to push the issue and if any other American or foreign investors are willing to go down the same route. I suspect those who are doing well in China will continue to keep their noses clean and their hands dirty.

      curly

      January 14, 2010 at 10:11 am

  2. You sup with the devil….

    The Lakelander

    January 14, 2010 at 12:39 am


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