A New Approach: Google Considers Leaving China

Posted by Antoinette R. Banks | Posted in | Posted on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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This afternoon, Google announced in their official blog that it would no longer censor its Chinese search engine. After a careful eye and consideration of China's law after its launch in January 2006, a recent attack has made Google consider pulling out of Chine.

A “highly sophisticated and targeted attack” transpired last month on 20 top companies and as Google did its investigation, Google found that the attackers’ primary objective was accessing Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

As a result of the attacks, Google has decided to reassess its presence in China. The Chinese government and Google have fought over censorship before, but currently the search giant does block certain results. Although the blog did not solidify any moves, implications are that the Chinese government had something to do with the attacks.

Google’s taking a lucid stand by not complying with China’s demands any longer:

“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.”

It will be interesting to see how the Google’s center stage showdown plays out. The robust search engine has taken a sophisticated stand using the beauty of technology. The debate to come is…when and how the tech community will be changed and how the transpiring event will lapse into the political world.

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