This is big news folks. Apparently, someone tried hacking the gmail accounts of human rights activists in the US, China and Canada and Google is implying it may be the Chinese gov’ment. So they are reportedly no longer going to censor web searches on google.cn, China’s Google search site. BcB has written on the crippled Google searches that the People of China enjoy, so this is a complete 180 from previous Google and China agreements.
Google knows this means they may have to pull out of China completely, but apparently they don’t give an F and they’re doing it anyway! BAM! Take that Mao!
In a prepared statement, Google announced:
“We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech,” Drummond wrote Tuesday about the company’s reversal of its position in China. “The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences.”
Although, no Google might not be better than crippled Google when it comes to getting information disseminated in China, I’m hoping China doesn’t call Google’s bluff and shut the site down…