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Google and China Controversy

An incident in early 2010 stemming from Google being the victim of a cyber attack that originated in China.

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Jan 23, 2010
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A lose-lose situation if Google indeed pull out of China. Is it free speech / is it fear? Does it accomplish anything?Who/ what is at stake?
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review by . January 16, 2010
Google vs China, Round 1
Surprise, surprise! No one here on Lunch writing a review on Google after such a big piece of news hits the market?!    Let’s face it, Google challenging China on its censorship policy… is that really a wise move?   A company flexing its muscle while trying to operate in a foreign environment?   I don’t know about you, perhaps freedom of speech is of utmost importance to the Americans. We know all about Americans and western world’s ideal …
review by . January 22, 2010
Lunch can be a refreshing change of pace from many other opinion sites that display thoughtless comment posts in which invectives are hurled at both sides of an issue.      That being said, I don't think the discussion about Google and China should be so trite. I can't believe that some would use this as an opportunity to engage in cultural relativism, and compare the West's long history of violence with China's current predicament. It would seem that many China apologists believe …
Quick Tip by . January 23, 2010
An unfortunate situation where no one really seems to be winning. Waiting to see how this will play out.
Quick Tip by . January 23, 2010
so many issues at play with this issue. still trying to wrap my head around it.
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On January 12, 2010, Google announced that it is "no longer willing to continue censoring" results on Google.cn, citing a breach of Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. The company found that the hackers had breached into two Gmail accounts but was only able to access 'from' and 'to' information and subject headers of emails in these accounts The company's investigation into the attack showed that at least 20 other companies had been similarly targeted. Additionally, "dozens" of Gmail accounts in China, Europe, and the United States had been regularly accessed by third parties, due to phishing or malware on the users' computers rather than a security breach at Google. Although Google did not explicitly accuse the Chinese government of the breach, it said it was no longer willing to censor results on google.cn, and that it will discuss over the next few weeks "the basis on which we could run an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China."

On January 13, 2010, the news agency AHN reported that the U.S. Congress plans to investigate Google's allegations that the Chinese government used the company's service to spy on human rights activists.
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