July 3, 2010
How Western Companies Can Crack China's Firewall
Washington Post, Washington Post
THEY WERE bold words. "We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn," a spokesman for Google blogged on Jan. 12. "We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China." Google followed these words with bold action: redirecting all users of Google.cn to the uncensored results of Google.com.hk. Now it may be paying the price. Its license as an Internet content provider in China was up for renewal on June 30, and China has indicated that the automatic redirection is unacceptable.
Google's response has been to replace its instant forwarding with a "landing page," a Google.cn site that offers only noncensored services such as music and translation and links to Google.com.hk for...
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