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Internet freedom commentator Rebecca MacKinnon tests Google China - finds more extensive information on controversial topic on Google than on Yahoo China & Baidu; calls on Google to publish list of blocked words & sites

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1 February 2006

Google China Search Comparison

Author: OpenNet Initiative

Web users in China have been able to access English and Chinese-language search services at Google.com for several years... Google did not censor its own search results... On January 25 2006, Google launched Google.cn, a self-censored Chinese-language search service... The filtering takes place in at least three ways... To help understand how the results of Google.com and Google.cn differ, the OpenNet Initiative has assembled a tool that lets you simultaneously compare search results. [also refers to Microsoft, Yahoo]

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30 January 2006

A Picture Says 1000 Words About Google's Censorship In China

Author: Danny Sullivan, internet consultant, on Search Engine Watch

Google Images Censors Too in China from Google Blogoscoped shows you how a search for [tiananmen square] on Google Images China provides happy scenes while over at uncensored Google Images, there are tanks rolling in. I took a look for just [tiananmen] at Google Images China versus Google Images. Here's a side-by-side...

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26 January 2006

Testing the "Castrated" Google [China]

Author: Rebecca MacKinnon, fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, on her weblog, RConversation

I went on Google.cn and did a search with the Chinese characters for "Dong Zhou" village - where police recently shot unarmed villagers... The search turned up a number of results talking about the incident as a "blood crime" or "massacre"... A search in Chinese on google.com, not surprisingly turned up a lot more results critical of the shooting... Similar results for Dong Zhou on Yahoo and the popular Chinese search engine Baidu showed only benign tourist and commercial information... If Google wants to show that it is truly serious about doing the right thing in China it should: 1. Make its "block list" public, and disclose the laws, regulations, and procedures that have required these specific words and URL's to be blocked... 2. Fight to prevent Google.com from being blocked... 3. If the Chinese government makes unreasonable requests for search result data, do the same thing you did to the U.S. Department of Justice: just say no... 4. Establish clear procedures for your local China-based staff...

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