Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Google censoring search results in China

With dismay but no surprise, I share the latest restriction on freedom in the world's largest emerging market. I don't know what we can do about it. (I did take the Google News link off my other blog. Small gesture.) Ideas, anyone? Yahoo! News

The China version of Google won't include email or blogs, the New York Times reports. The Times also has these interesting points:
Google says it plans to disclose when information has been blocked or censored from its new site, just as it does in the United States, Germany and other countries.
The regular Google.com site, based outside China, will continue to be available for access from China. Difficulties using the site have put Google at a disadvantage in China, where the Google.com site had lost ground to a Chinese rival, Baidu.com, which went public last year.

Want more discussion? Foreign Affairs had a good piece last fall. The introduction:
Conventional wisdom has long assumed that economic liberalization undermines repressive regimes. Recent events, however, suggest that savvy autocrats have learned how to cut the cord between growth and freedom, enjoying the benefits of the former without the risks of the latter. Washington and international lenders should take note.
The article is here.

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