January 25, 2006

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Google giveth, and Google taketh away: Google Agrees to Censor Results in China [pdf]

Online search engine leader Google Inc. has agreed to censor its results in China, adhering to the country’s free-speech restrictions in return for better access in the Internet’s fastest growing market.

[...] Because of government barriers set up to suppress information, Google’s China users previously have been blocked from using the search engine or encountered lengthy delays in response time.

The service troubles have frustrated many Chinese users, hobbling Google’s efforts to expand its market share in a country that expected to emerge as an Internet gold mine over the next decade.

[...] To obtain the Chinese license, Google agreed to omit Web content that the country’s government finds objectionable. Google will base its censorship decisons on guidance provided by Chinese government officials.

Slashdot: Google Agrees to Censor Results in China

The NYTimes’ Version of Google in China Won’t Offer E-Mail or Blogs includes this potentially mitigating Google policy:

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.

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