Posted on | January 27, 2006 | Comments Off
Google has announced they may shut down all China operations. See update below cartoon.
Left-wing political cartoonist Mark Fiore released an animation iRepress regarding the three major search engines and their relationship with China. He makes some stark comparisons to big business and repression in recent history.
Make sure your sound is on. Watch iRepress to see some search engine repression in China.
From Google’s Chief Legal Officer:
These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.
Read more at the official Google blog about their new approach to China.