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An international press freedom group has lashed out at Yahoo and Google -- the two most popular Internet search engines -- for allegedly cooperating with the Chinese government to crackdown on web access.
The rights watchdog claimed Yahoo had been censoring its Chinese-language search-engine for several years and rival firm Google, which recently took a share in Baidu, a Chinese search-engine that filters a user's findings, seemed ready to go the same way.
AFP Article via Yahoo [story.news.yahoo.com]
Besides, filtering software is not 100%. If we can't block porn from our children, with a 100% guarntee, the chinese cannot block alternative political views with a 100% guarntee either.
I bet Sergie and Larry dream of those peaceful days with just a couple of servers in the garage and some nice computational problems to deal with.
Often what was perfectly legal in one generation is viewed very differently one or two generations later, so for example, the business deal you struck with a dictator in 1950 was perfectly acceptable but by 1968 it is viewed as collaboration with an oppressor by the people of that country.
Not saying this is the case here, but it is dangerous to become too entangled with totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.
I'd say here in China it is a very open world. Internet is everywhere throughout all the country. I think no developing countries even some European countries can compare with China in term of the popularity of internet. We have full freedom to travel in the internet world.
I dont know why they need to block:
AltaVista - The Search Company
Amnesty International USA
Heres a bigger list:
I work in and out of China and find it anoying when I want to read the bbcnews.
although it is difficult to follow, please leave your political diatribes, causes, and passions. We aren't the site for a polysci debate on censorship. This is about search engines.