Chinese plead with Google not to quit

Google’s threat to withdraw from China sent shockwaves through the country’s internet users yesterday. Some pleaded with the search engine not to abandon them, while others applauded its tough stance after it uncovered cyber attacks on Chinese human rights activists.While there was no official reaction from the government, ordinary people lit candles and left flowers outside the company’s headquarters in Beijing. “Google – a real man” read one note attached to a bouquet at the Tsinghua Science Park. In such a politically charged environment as China, where dissent is not tolerated, the laying of flowers is a daring move. responds to Google hacking claims
Google moved quickly to announce that it would stop censoring its Chinese service after realising dissidents were at risk from attempts to use the company’s technology for political surveillance, according to a source with direct knowledge of the internet giant’s most senior management.China this morning issued a statement saying it resolutely opposed hacking and was itself a victim of cyber attacks, in its first response to Google’s hacking claims. In a statement posted on the state council information office website, cabinet spokesman Wang Chen reminded companies of their need to abide by internet controls, citing their “social responsibilities”. The remarks did not mention Google directly. The source told the Guardian the company’s decision was largely influenced by the experiences of Sergey Brin’s Russian refugee background. Internet users praise Google’s stand
Bouquets were laid in front of Google Inc.’s headquarters in China on Wednesday, a show of support for a company whose threat to exit the country rather than be party to more censorship is a dramatic shot across the bow of the Chinese Communist Party.But while Chinese cyberspace was awash with chatter about Google’s gambit, state-controlled media downplayed the story, reporting that Google had been a victim of cyber attacks in China but making no mention of the company’s allegations that human rights activists’ e-mail accounts had been hacked.,0,3192892.storyEditorial: Google’s China problem
When Google set up shop in China four years ago, it made a trade-off that threatened to run afoul of its “Don’t be evil” motto. The company created a new version of its site — — that would be operated from servers inside China, making it more accessible to Internet users there. But in deference to a government demand, Google agreed to suppress search results from Web pages disfavored by the government. It argued at the time that the new site would do more good than harm; as a company spokesman told a congressional panel in early 2006, “Even with content restrictions, a fast and reliable is more likely to expand Chinese users’ access to information.”,0,5293450.storyGoogle row: China warns internet companies to help ‘guide’ opinion
Internet companies in China must co-operate with the government in “guiding” opinion on the internet, a senior Chinese government spokesman has warned, as the US internet giant Google remained in negotiations over its threat to pull out of the world’s biggest internet market.The statement from China’s State Council Information Office, or cabinet, confirmed China’s commitment to controlling the web following Google’s ultimatum that it must be allowed to operate free from censorship.’s move on Chinese censorship welcomed by human rights activists
Google’s decision to reverse its censorship of search engine results in China received a warm welcome in Silicon Valley last night.Human rights campaigners, ­freedom of speech advocates and dotcom ­entrepreneurs all applauded the ­Californian company’s decision to stop cooperating with the Chinese government. gives first response to Google threat
China has said that foreign internet firms are welcome to do business “according to the law”.The statement, from Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, is Beijing’s first response to Google’s threat to stop filtering content in China.Google said late on Tuesday that Chinese cyber-attacks aimed at human rights activists might force it to close its Chinese operations. internet giant Google turned on gatekeepers of China’s Great Firewall
It was just a blog. Another post on a page filled with snippets about technology, advertising and new applications. But the 762 words that Google put online early this morning will reverberate throughout the corporate and political world for years.Under the heading, “A new approach to China”, the world’s most powerful ­internet company said it had been under attack from hackers and government censors. set to ignore Google demands for end to censorship
China offered its first indication today that it will ignore an ultimatum from Google to relax internet censorship and reminded all companies they must strictly abide by state controls of the country’s cyberspace.The statement from the State Council Information Office, or cabinet spokesman, made no reference to the decision by the world’s top search engine to pull out of China if it must continue to submit to intrusive government controls. But it was a clear statement from Beijing that it will not give in to outside pressure. acted on censorship amid China dissident fears
Google moved quickly to announce that it would stop censoring its Chinese ­service after realising dissidents were at risk from attempts to use the company’s technology for political ­surveillance, according to a source with direct ­knowledge of the internet giant’s most senior management.As the US intervened in Google’s challenge to Beijing, the source told the Guardian the company’s decision was largely influenced by the experiences of Sergey Brin’s Russian refugee background. quits: Wake-up call or humiliating retreat?
While Chinese netizens laid wreaths outside the Google headquarters in Beijing today a short distance away the executives of Baidu, the biggest Chinese search engine, must have been thinking of popping champagne corks.Google’s decision to pick a public fight with the censors is almost certain to cement Baidu’s control of the world’s fastest growing internet market, in which dominance requires compliance. ultimatum shakes great firewall of China
China will be forced to decide on unfettered web access for 300 million people in a censorship clash that threatens to redraw the boundaries of the internet.Google, the world’s biggest search company, was in talks with the Chinese Government last night after saying that it would abandon operations in the country unless state authorities left it free to operate without censorship. Its demand to be allowed to operate its search engine free from censorship came after what it described as a “highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China”.

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