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  • Renewed License for Google, but Censorship in China Remains

    Google just announced that its Internet licensed was renewed by the Chinese government. Google originally automatically redirected google.cn users to their Hong Kong site, google.com.hk. Now, China is forcing users to click on the link for Google Hong Kong (or almost anywhere on the page) on the google.cn page.

    Google did enough technical maneuvering to get what it wanted: a renewed license. Google gets to tell the good news story that it is still in China and that it doesn’t censor. The bad news is that mainland Chinese people will still struggle to get information, and the Chinese government will still push its companies at the expense of foreign ones. Hacking and censorship, including toward Google, will continue.

    Google could have made a bigger statement for Internet freedom and the importance of free speech by pulling all of its operations out of China. But Google stays in China, which helps its business story to shareholders and clients.

    With Google’s position settled for now, will there still be a push for more Internet freedom in China? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on Internet freedom a week after Google’s initial announcement, but it is hard to see any progress in the aftermath.

    Google’s relationship with China is based on making money. The U.S. government and promoters of free speech and information will no longer have the Google story to help their cause; it will be back to the same fight to break through the Great Firewall and past Chinese censors.

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    3 Responses to Renewed License for Google, but Censorship in China Remains

    1. Jim Agans, Maryland says:

      Has anyone else realized that the we (The US) always seems to need a "Great Satan" on which to blame our troubles? Maybe China is simply trying to protect her own manufacturing interests, like every other country except the US does. Haven't any of you had to pay "Value Added" tax levied by the UK? Dont people know that Peugeot is subsidized by the government in France?

      The reason that our government needs a "Great Satan" is the same reason Hitler needed the Jews. Our Politicians have screwed things up so bad in our country that they need someone to blame to redirect the focus that is on them, its the oldest trick in the book.

      How in Gods name did we go from the wealthiest, most loved country in the world after WW2 to the most hated, most in debt, today.

      The answer is fairly simple:

      1. Send rich punks to college to become lawyers.

      2. Teach them in Law School that there is no right or wrong, there is only win, and that Law has nothing to do with justice.

      3. Elect them to public office.

      We need a clean sweep, and a return to our constitution.

    2. Martin says:

      Lots of websites are blocked in China and the list keeps changing from day to day. To keep updated with which they are, check out http://www.greatfirewall.biz

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