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[liberationtech] Google Bows Down To Chinese Government On Censorship

Maxim Kammerer mk at dee.su
Thu Jan 10 00:42:31 PST 2013


On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 8:41 AM, Martin Johnson <greatfire at greatfire.org> wrote:
> I also don't know how "Chinese cyber experts" could have disabled the
> function. All the code was embedded on the front page.

>From what I understand, the Chinese moved the block to an earlier
phase when the user is still typing the words, before Google could
warn the user. What I think should be clear here is that Google is
considered a high-profile target, so this is not a case of
circumventing some generic GFC rules by a clever system — rather, it
is an arms race with unclear implications for people affected if it
continues, as Karl Fogel noted above.

I mean, I like to bash Google just as the next guy — they suck talent
while being a purely engineering company that produces nearly nothing
original, and is focused on advertising, of all things. And their
baseless hype machine is unbearable. But you have to give them the
benefit of the doubt when they face Chinese experts. [1]

[1] http://www.contextis.com/files/Targeted_Attacks_Whitepaper.pdf

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Maxim Kammerer
Liberté Linux: http://dee.su/liberte



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