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I had no problem getting in yesterday morning. Suddenly, yesterday afternoon I couldn't get in. I waited until today and tried again, but found google still didn't work.
I asked my coworkers to check...one of them could get in. Another one, when typing in www.google.com, was redirected to the Peking University Tian Wang Search page.
Is anyone else having this problem?
I came back this afternoon, and now it's fine. Maybe I was being blocked?
I suppose they could be blocking me, but I can't remember doing any searches on anything that the government would consider "inappropriate". But, that might explain why my coworker was redirected to the Peking University search page.
[Edit--I just tried to use google again and now it's blocked again]
Thats the reality of doing business in China. Compromise with a government that has far different philosophies than say Google's home government - which reflect on their different approaches to the distribution of information and who "should" control it. And who is to say what system is better? Y!, google and AV have all taken different approaches in their China strategy, with very different results at this stage. Almost all mainland Chinese know their internet activity is or can be monitored, and information is censored. I dont think G! should be expected to rattle the free-flow-of-info tin can based on their "principles" that are necessarily culturally defined. They are indeed a business, and no foreign business can operate in China without accomodating local formal and informal rules. I hear AV is still not accessible from China.
For them, according to the article - it was keep the advertising revenue...or lose it.
Altavista, apparently, has made the move to lose the advertising revenue.
Well, from a business perspective, anyway.
Until China wants to become part of the "true" internatonal community then it is free to dictate what will and won't be allowed....and it will pay the price for doing so!
If the Chinese people have a problem with surpression then they need to solve that problem for themselves.....it is not for American corporations to dermine what is and isn't allowed in any particular nation.
It seems to me that Google has accepted that a limited presence in China is better than none. So be it.
The Chinese maybe the most powerful nation in the world, but if they can't get their act together then they will suffer the consequences of being artifically supported by the US and western nations.
No one can help those that won't help themselves!
Still sounds dubious to me.
You'll get your google search results and the spies in China will be none-the-wiser.
btw, if you haven't tried the alexa.com search, you should.
Incidentally, just to add to info from the Wired article, I was reading just a couple of days ago that the Chinese Government redirects political searches on Google to their own web sites, but allows access to other results. Google neither confirm nor deny whether they provided the Government with the technology to do this.
But, that might explain why my coworker was redirected to the Peking University search page
Are you trying to access Google on the same system as your coworker? It seems possible that someone else in your company may be getting your company's IP address blocked from Google under the new search term blocking rules(depending on how your company's internet access is setup).
Could this be the answer to the "random" blockings you are experiencing?
We're on a LAN here, so while we all have separate computers, as far as I know there's only one main connection. May be that someone in the company was looking up some of the "forbidden phrases" on google.
This may very well explain it.
I've returned after a long hiatus (nearly broke my foot), and at least it's all working OK now!