Google in China

Goggle has decided to self-censor its content in China. I wonder if that’s why the students have had a hard time connecting to Google lately. I wish I could talk about the impact this will have on China, future generations, and my students. But I’m afraid if I say to much this site, like many others, will get sucked up by the ‘Super Filter’.

So I hope someone else can pick up this conversation and expand on it.

From Reuters: Google: China decision painful but right

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin
said his company’s decision to self-censor its Chinese search system
followed a change of heart over how best to foster the free flow of
information.

Google said on Tuesday it will block politically
sensitive terms on its new China search site and not offer e-mail, chat
and blog publishing services, which authorities fear can become
flashpoints for social or political protest. Those actions go further
than many of its biggest rivals in China.

“I didn’t think I
would come to this conclusion — but eventually I came to the
conclusion that more information is better, even if it is not as full
as we would like to see,” Brin told Reuters in an interview in
Switzerland.

Google, whose high-minded corporate motto is “Don’t
be evil,” had previously refused to comply with Internet censorship
demands by Chinese authorities, rules that must be met in order to
locate business operations inside China — the world’s No. 2 Internet
market

From FT.com: Google’s China site sparks bloggers’ outrage

Google on Wednesday came in for some harsh criticism from bloggers,
outraged at its decision to set up a censored Chinese version of its
website which will block results in order to avoid angering the
country’s Communist government. The site will not provide Gmail or
other services that will open up its use to unfettered expression

A quick query on Google’s own blog search service
service brought up hundreds of references to the move. A random sample
showed that most bloggers were vehemently against the policy.