Thursday, April 23, 2009

Google aiding censorship in China

Amnesty International reports:
Early in 2006 Google launched a self-censoring Chinese search engine,, and since announced that it would continue to expand its investments in China. Called "Gu Ge" in Chinese, affects Chinese Internet users by blocking and/or filtering search results for topics such as human rights, political reform, Tiananmen Square and Falun Gong, among others

Google has taken some small steps to respond to criticism about their operations in China and other repressive countries, but overall these efforts have had little impact on users in China, and censorship has not only continued, it has worsened...

Until January 2006, Google's Support Center claimed that it “does not censor results for any search term,” but removed this claim after reaching its deal with China. Google's willingness to participate in censorship contradicts the very principles it was founded upon. By its own terms, Google's mission is to “organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.” READ FULL ARTICLE

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