Don’t be evil



Well, Google’s done it. www.google.cn is filtering out sites from its search results to comply with an as yet unspecified local law. Google has done this in the past with google.fr & google.de, however, they have been fairly transparent about it. In these cases Google has cited specific laws and court orders with which they must comply. What specific law or court order is being complied with in China? Will Google send report it to Chilling Effects? Will Google make public the websites that have been de-listed? Did Google select the sites or were they given a list of what to block? I am hoping that Google will be responsible and transparent about this.

Some quick observations:

When you search for a term and results are removed this message appears at the bottom of the page:

据当地法律法规和政策,部分搜索结果未予显示。

However, this can be triggered by almost anything. It can be triggered by “democracy china” and “tibet” or by “hello” or “artist“.

The server(s) itself does not appear to be physically located in China so “operate from China” appears to refer to the domain (google.cn) not the physical location of the server(s).

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