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Google to Offer Unfiltered Web in China With Hong Kong Redirect

Mar 22, 2010, 22:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)

"Ending two months of speculation, Google has come forward with its plans for dealing with Internet filtering requirements in China, announcing that visitors to Google.cn will now be redirected to the Hong Kong version of the search engine, which will deliver uncensored results in "simplified Chinese."

"Google is now redirecting visitors to the Chinese search engine to Google.hk, so servers housed outside the country will provide an unfiltered version of the Web to mainland China in an arrangement that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is arguing adheres to the letter of Chinese Internet law, if not the spirit.

""Figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring search on Google.cn has been hard," David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, said in a blog post. "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."

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