Reporters Without Borders says that that China has started blocking Google News just a few weeks after Google started self-censorship on their search results.
via We The Media
Typical Orwellian BS from China. Because of things like this and their shameless anti-Japanese hatred, I must say that modern cultural trends in China don't impress me much.
How can a bunch of undiplomatic jerks hope to take over the World? Oh... wait... maybe I should pose that question to my own government first.
Mike, if you're from the US, they would tell you they already have...
I am on vacation in the states this week, I head back to Beijing this Saturday. What a crappy welcome back present.
Wulong - I was trying to get cute by insinuating that both countries have "undiplomatic jerks" in positions of power. Yep, I'm from the US.
And Google is also run by undiplomatic jerks. Their "don't be evil" tagline is just marketing copy. It was cute when their first used it but now it needs to be abandoned. Google may not have wanted the Chinese to block their news, but then again, they had to know when they went into China that it would happen. Google is like Microsoft but with more soft spoken leadership.
Is doing business with evil people "evil" or is it ok? If it is evil, then Google needs a new company slogan. How about "don't be blatantly evil!" or "be nice to your shareholders and you are not evil."
Easy there, bug.
Google doesn't have offices in China, and is on the record several places (e.g. playboy, wired) saying that they have not made any changes to their service based on negotiations with the Chinese gov't. There's some ambiguity about other negotiations they may have made, but the Chinese government's control over all traffic means Google doesn't have to be complicit at all for Beijing to get all the filtering it wants.
Not that I'm defending Google as an archetype of moral business; they've certainly made lots of moves I disagree with, too. But dealing with the Chinese government in any situation requires compromise, and Google has avoided ethical compromise in China far better than most.
Why is the next summer Olympic Games going to be held in China, if they have such draconian laws? The mind boggles.
Soon, you won't really be a somebody until China thinks it's worthwhile to block your site. Joi, are you blocked? You really need to keep up here...
David A. Smith: now you're getting it :).
Typepad was blocked for a while (maybe still in some parts of China?), so I guess Joi has finally "made it."
Do you people really believe in this lie cook up by BBC or whatever news company started it?
"The site was inaccessible when tested by BBC News Online using a system developed by researchers at the Harvard Law School." -BBC news
I don't think they actually have a person in china and test to prove it. Now that i am in China, i can actually prove China didn't block Google. Chian certainly didn't block Google unless they unblock it just for me.
well,i'm now in china.to be honest,google and gmail seems still under the blocking in-and-out:(
i can not use google normally,meanwhile,gamil can not be used in outlook.
so,i need to know if there is any other pop and smtp address that i can use for outlook beside the "pop.gmail.com"and 'smtp.gmail.com"
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