How Google Censors Itself For China & Paid Exclusion As Being Evil


Declan McCullagh posts an update to his great earlier story looking at how Google is censoring results at China. I talked with him a bit about this today and actually found myself even more upset over what Google's doing. That's because rather than just censoring what China is telling them to block, Google's actively coming up with its own list.

My assumption had been Google and other companies were given a list of sites by China to block. I'm actually still waiting to hear back from Google to talk more about what exactly they are doing. But Declan writes in his original story:

China's government has an extensive Internet filtering process in place that controls which overseas Web sites its citizens can access. (A 2005 study by the Open Net Initiative called it "quite thorough.") With that filtering as a guide, foreign companies are expected to build their own lists of Web sites to delete from Chinese search listings.

Got it? China will give the search engines some advice on censoring and guidelines, but it remains up to the search engines to do the actual dirty work. How Google Censors Itself For China & Paid Exclusion As Being Evil

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 28th January 2006 11:13PM