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Google Tries “New Approach” in China

Via the BBC:  Google in ‘new approach’ on China

Until recently, the firm automatically redirected Chinese users to its unfiltered search site in Hong Kong to get round censorship issues.

Google has said it will now stop this after Beijing warned it could lose its licence to operate in the country.

Instead, Chinese users will be sent to a "landing page". Clicking anywhere on it sends them to the Hong Kong site.

Google said it was hopeful that this subtle change – where users have to actively click on a link to access unfiltered search results rather than being automatically redirected – would allow it to continue operating in China.

Chinese law demands that companies use web servers based in China.

One suspects that the move will not necessarily placate the Chinese government, but we shall see.

And, here’s an interesting factoid:

China hopes that nearly half the population will have access to the internet within five years. That figure is nearly 30% at the moment.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. Brett says:

    China hopes that nearly half the population will have access to the internet within five years. That figure is nearly 30% at the moment.

    That may be a mixed blessing. On one hand, it will very likely lead to a great increase in the number of spammers, ID thieves, and con folk on the Internet. On the other hand, that many Chinese will probably prove an irresistible target, so maybe someone else will get those stupid Nigerian scam-mails instead of me.

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