Saturday, February 04, 2006

Google in China!

The news media had been reporting for a while about Google’s entry into China and its efforts to ‘tailor’ its search engine to suit the needs of the Chinese people. (when I say “Chinese”, I refer to people from and are living in China, and not those of you who look oriental and are from other parts of the world for the ‘others’ such as those in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, etc are not ‘Chinese’ in its truest sense).

Among those effected by this new mechanism of ‘tailor made search’ is Google’s own image search. Here is an interesting comparison that I picked up from the anti-censorship communities on the internet. Try searching for the word “Tiananmen” from both the American and Chinese Google image search sites.

China
Search: http://images.google.cn/images?q=tiananmen

US Search: http://images.google.com/images?q=tiananmen

i have screen shots of the two site for those of you who cant access these sites. The first ones from the Chinese site, while the seconds from the US website.

Is this good censorship?

I recommend that you read Rebecca MacKinnon for a much more in-depth story and more links to this story.

2 comments:

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

That is totally frightening ---makes me wonder how much is "tailored" elsewhere.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Anonymous said...

Yes! Yes! We need this censorship!
We Can't let people think, or read or be in the know!
No! No! What do you want next?
Freedom of speech? Freedom of expression?
My gosh! The absurdity!Imagine what would happen, if everybody Knew?
And if we spoke about Sensitive Issues or Looked at Sensitive Pictures?
Horrors of horror. Tis best we have not a clue.


* ThePissedOff-NonPoet, k.

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Google-malaysia next?