Google Taking Different Approach on China
The drama between Google and China has been well documented. Earlier this year, the company announced that it wasn't going to censor search results from Google.cn despite the Chinese government's watchful eye. Google quickly redirected traffic to it's Hong Kong site, however, the Chinese government said that such practices were “unacceptable” and it would not allow Google.cn to operate in China if it continued.
From the Google Blog post:
We currently automatically redirect everyone using Google.cn to Google.com.hk, our Hong Kong search engine. This redirect, which offers unfiltered search in simplified Chinese, has been working well for our users and for Google. However, it’s clear from conversations we have had with Chinese government officials that they find the redirect unacceptable—and that if we continue redirecting users our Internet Content Provider license will not be renewed (it’s up for renewal on June 30). Without an ICP license, we can’t operate a commercial website like Google.cn—so Google would effectively go dark in China.Of course, this news spread quickly and has Chinese Googlers up in arms. As a result, Google has been looking at possible alternatives, and instead of automatically redirecting all users, they have started taking a small percentage of them to a landing page on Google.cn that links to Google.com.hk. This allows users to conduct web search or continue to use Google.cn services like music and text translate, which Google can provide locally without filtering.
This approach ensures that Google doesn't have to censor results on Google.cn and gives users access to all of their services from one page.
What do you think about the Google and China issue? Has it effected you?