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Censorship in China? Nope, there is none!

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

Wednesday, November 1, 2006
16 years ago2,215 views

Read yourself:
http://news.com.com/China+We+dont+censor+the+Internet.+Really/2100-1028_3-6130970.html?tag=nefd.top

So now I think Google can comfortably enter the North Korean market.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

When you believe you're on the right side it won't be censoring to you. It will be something different. Google calls it "filtering", for example. In Germany, censorship is also illegal according to our laws, and yet there is censorship – only it is not "defined" as such. I've even heard someone explain this to me in a talk, and he too believed it, and he was German!
http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2006-06-27-n46.html

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

In the meantime, the search engines defend their censorship, though I hear thoughtful tones from Microsoft:
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/business/technology/15894384.htm

(I won't even get into why the "a little information is better than nothing" excuse cited in the article is a deceiving strawman argument.)

Tadeusz Szewczyk [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

Of course censorship is bad but filtering very useful! Especially because of child pron when children could view pron on the net...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

16 years ago #

That's not what I meant. Google calls their *Chinese self-censorship* "filtering." See:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/01/google-in-china.html

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