Gadget Bugg: Tech News: Google Lifts Its Chinese Firewall

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tech News: Google Lifts Its Chinese Firewall




Many are familiar with the notorious firewall that the Chinese government has placed on the 350 million internet users in its country. Not many know, however that Google had a strong part in facilitating in its huge ban on any anti-government media to be found on the world wide web. Google had this to say on the matter:

"We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results."

At about 7:00 am Beijing time, however, all of this changed.

Google has lifted its search filter from the Chinese people after detecting that an attack in mid-December on its Gmail servers could in fact be leaked back to the Chinese, and found that it largely targeted accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

According to NPR, the people of China are highly in support of this decision by Google, and pro Google support is flooding the blogosphere. The only question becomes, "how will China react?"

You can read Google's official public post here.



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