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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Watch, day by day, as China turns off Google:


Watch here.

Margaret Simons writes:

This is huge. Surely the biggest media story in the year, if not the decade. And it is not only a media story. It is also about culture, censorship, dictatorship and, well, the future of the world.

Google has decided to stop censoring search results in China, putting it on a collision course with the Government. Chinese searchers will be routed through the UK and Hong Kong. This follows last December’s announcement that Google (and other companies) had been subjected to cyber-attacks from inside China, and that the Gmail accounts of human rights activists had been accessed.

As Google’s chief legal officer makes clear in this blog post the likely result of Google’s decision is instant blocking of its services in China, and the company has set up this site so the whole world can see what China is blocking.

More in the Crikey email today.

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