… and moved into Hong Kong.
I haven’t posted anything for a while, but while I still get a little trickle of views I thought I’d finally follow up on something I covered a while back. I’ve been following the Google China news and as of yesterday, Google officially left its China offices and redirected google.cn to a simplified-character version of google.com.hk. The theory was that since Hong Kong has uncensored Internet, they would be able to provide uncensored search from their Hong Kong servers. That is, until they get blocked, and they apparently already have — at least selectively.
News hype has been pretty big up to this point, and there was a popular response: a group of Chinese netizens put up an open letter (Chinese) to the government asking to have a say in the case (English translation here). Anyway, this topic is already being discussed everywhere, so here’s a few links I’ve rounded up on the matter:
- Andrew Lih| In Brief: Google’s China Move
- The New Yorker | Letter From China | G-day
- Sinoglot | Google + 退出
- ZaiChina | Y Google se mudó a Hong Kong (Spanish)
Anyone in mainland China reading this, have you had any issues with Google in the mainland so far? If so, I’d love to hear about it.
UPDATE: ChinaSMACK has some translated netizen reactions from various Chinese forums.
UPDATE 2: The BBC has a short write up on some anti-Google Chinese reactions, slightly unclear though. Also, Han Han (韩寒, a famous Chinese writer and blogger) has something about it in his latest post:
事实上，无论谷歌是做这个决定的真正原因是什么，在展现给公众的说法上，谷歌有一个失策，谷歌说，他不想再接受敏感内容的审核了。注意，这里说的敏感内容 其实不是指情色内容, , , 这里所谓的敏感内容只是指不利于政府利益的内容。但是所谓的开放所有审查结果，现实的中国人有多少人在乎呢？这在正常的国家可以感动国人的理由，在中国看似不太管用。
Actually, it doesn’t matter what the real reason for Google’s decision is. According to the theory that is coming out publicly, Google made a miscalculation, they no longer want to have to censor senitive content. Note, “sensitive content” is not a reference to pornographic content… This so-called “sensitive content” is content that does not benifit the government’s interest. But as to this so-called opening-up of all these censored results, how many real Chinese people care? In an ordinary country this could move the reason of that countries people, but in China it doesn’t seem to be very effective.