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08 June 2006

Slow boat from China?

Potentially heralding the beginnings of a rethink at Google, Sergey Brin gave a candid response on internal attitudes to their self-censored Chinese search engine, admitting that the original decision was a trade-off on their anti-censorship principles, in the hope of bringing at least something halfway useful to users in China. "Perhaps now the principled approach makes more sense," he told reporters in Washington.

More at the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/china/story/0,,1792638,00.html

And for those who didn't see it yet, the cheap trick demonstration of Google filtering. Can you spot the difference between these two image searches for "Tiananmen"?


At 3:12 pm, Blogger John said...

We've had some nice comments in to the NUJ as a result of all the coverage. Thought I'd share this one from Oz with you:

Just responding to the news article posted regarding boycotting Yahoo! For dobbing in free speakers in China. I'm in Australia and about to go to bed so I'll make this short.

Thank you for caring so much, I don't have any connection to these people or have any asian heritage, but I think you are definitely doing the correct thing for the human race. Oppression in all its forms is wrong, and as free people we should do all we can to do what is right by our fellow men. I salute your stance.


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