O mundo Google
Chappatte, «International Herald Tribune»
A Google ao contrário do que vinha a ser especulado não irá abandonar a China, nem aceitar ser vitima de censura por parte das autoridades chinesas. No seu blog, a Google anunciou a sua nova estratégia para operar na China: os utilizadores que acederem neste país ao domínio Google.cn serão redireccionados para os servidores instalados em Hong Kong, sob o domínio Google.com.hk. Qualquer tipo de pesquisa neste site não está sujeita a censura:
[…] So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on Google.cn. Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong. Users in Hong Kong will continue to receive their existing uncensored, traditional Chinese service, also from Google.com.hk. […]
Figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring search on Google.cn has been hard. We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement. We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we’ve faced—it’s entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services. We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China.