April 1, 2010
Google & the Great Firewall
International Institute for Strategic Studies, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, hit the headlines in January 2010 when it announced that it might shut down its operations in China due to a spate of cyber attacks on its corporate infrastructure. Its complaints fall into two related categories: surveillance of the online activities of human-rights activists through unauthorised accessing of Google-based e-mail (Gmail) accounts in China and the world, and the theft of intellectual property.
With China not alone in engaging in cyber-espionage and regulation of the Internet, responses to Google’s protest have been mixed. After all, when Google.cn was established in January 2006, its management knew all too well what it was getting into. As early as 1999 democracy activist Lin Hai was...
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