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[liberationtech] Google Bows Down To Chinese Government On Censorship

Maxim Kammerer mk at
Thu Jan 10 02:46:18 PST 2013

On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM, Martin Johnson
<greatfire at> wrote:
> Even in theory, I don't understand how the GFW could block the function
> "while still typing the words".

Perhaps this is not the correct technical explanation. The point is
that users would still find themselves blocked, rendering the system
ineffective and possibly detrimental.

> Unless you can show me otherwise - in practice, or in theory - I stand by
> our original story. The function was working well until Google decided to
> disable it.

The question is what do you call “working well”. If it was me on the
Chinese side, the first thing I would do given Google's alternative
suggestions system is use some ontology-based Bayesian network to
determine sets of words in subsequent searches that would be used to
block users. Perhaps that's what the Chinese did (or, more likely,
something much more primitive yet working by the same principle).

Maxim Kammerer
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