Google Approach In China: Redirect To Hong Kong

from the let's-see-what-happens-now dept

Google obviously made a big splash earlier this year when it threatened to leave China in response to a hack attack. There’s been a lot of back and forth, and some questions about whether or not Google would really leave. Just last week, China ratcheted up the rhetoric, warning Google not to stop censoring search results. Now Google has made its strategy a bit clearer, by saying that it’s going to redirect all Google Chinese searches to the Hong Kong version of its search engine, which is not censored. And, now, it waits for China’s response. Amusingly, Google has also set up a little dashboard that highlights what Google services China is currently blocking. The next big question, of course, is whether or not Google will also start looking for ways to help people get around the blocks…

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NFG (profile) says:

I can’t really see Google actively assisting people in circumventing these blocks. I would expect ChinGov sees a world of difference between exploiting legal loopholes (as this move to HK seems to be) and helping people get around the government’s Legal and Righteous Great Firewall.

I’m torn between expecting ChinGov to block google in short order, and the conspiracy bit in my brain thinking this is a big public showdown where Google finds a loophole and ChinGov accepts this, as a prelude to giving up the whole censorship thing. “well we don’t like it, but it’s legal…” Cue complaints from Baidu, and the great firewall comes crashing down.

It’s a great show, innit? =D

Andrew F (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I actually could see Google actively assisting people in circumventing the blocks. It depends largely on what the government does. If the PRC straight up blocks access to Google HK, then what does Google have to lose? Actively assisting circumvention increases marketshare.

On the other hand, it the PRC only threatens to block Google, then Google might be a bit more restrained.

NQ Logic (profile) says:

Google Vs China - Round 2

A month ago, NQ Logic predicted that Google will move out of China. Today saw Google officially transplanting its base to Hong Kong and removing censorship. This clash of value between an Internet company and an information-controlled country will continue to be present at every Multinational Technology executive board, and with Google’s disclosure, other U.S. technology companies will have a harder time to explain why they are still doing business in China.

For a better and complete understanding of the situation, NQ Logic encourages you to read “Google Vs. China” at http://www.nqlogic.com

Mikey (profile) says:

I just can’t believe a corporation with stockholders can have a social conscience.
I don’t recall any other examples but there must be a few.

Circumventing the Great Firewall is simple. Google it!

The only bad thing I can imagine, besides Google loosing some money,
is if China decides to put some Google employees on trial for fabricated crimes.
I expect China will impose some fines on Google Inc. for failing to obey the arrogant PRC.

Microsoft will be kissing their commie asses and commending them for their Great Wisdom in dealing with Google.

NQ Logic (profile) says:

A month ago, NQ Logic predicted that Google will move out of China. Today saw Google officially transplanting its Chinese base to its Hong Kong facilities. This clash of value between an Internet company and an information-controlled country will continue to be present at every Multinational Technology executive board, and with Google’s disclosure, other U.S. technology companies will have a harder time to explain why they are still doing business in China.

For a better and complete understanding of the situation, NQ Logic encourages you to read “Google Vs. China” at http://www.nqlogic.com

Hephaestus (profile) says:

Re: Re:

I wonder what the australian censors are thinking at this point. Will google do this here? Will Google say these links formerly blocked in australia? Will google do a previously censored section in australia and china?

PreviouslyCensored.google.com.hk … that would be kind of funny … it would probably end up like the catholic churches Index Librorum Prohibitorum … best sellers

known coward says:

well i need to eat my hat, please pass the salt

I am surprised google went even this far, I expected them to completely cave in. I was wrong and google is behaving much better than I gave them credit for. I still expect this to be resolved pretty much in china’s favor, but in this step, I was wrong. A pat on the back for Google.

On the other hand, I want to thank the running lap dogs of their imperialist banker overlords and wall street for dropping the share price of google 5% on the announcement that google was acting like a civilized, consumer conscious company.

May you burn in hell Goldman Sachs.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: well i need to eat my hat, please pass the salt

Your going to need to eat your hat again.

If Googles share price went down as a result of ‘those imperialist banker overlords’ I say ‘fantastic’!
It gives people that take the time to be educated to snap up the shares at a discounted price. When people realize that Google is a strong company, the prices will go back up and enable anyone to make some quick money.

Go get educated and keep your inflammatory labels to your self

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