For a bleeding-edge tech company, it’s sure hard not to feel Google’s been a bit slow to acknowledge and address a phenomenon that anyone in China has been witnessing for years — search results are censored. In a new video and blog post, the folks at Google illustrate the problem and explain that they will …Read More
I look forward to loading up Google every April 1st, but this one takes the cake. Straight from Google’s newly released Google Maps 8-bit for the NES, China:
Welcome back one and all to the March edition of Fact or Fiction. Those of you who read either of the last three will know, every edition I will have a guest and we will discuss a few of the big issues in China of the day. Every answer will have a “Fact” or a “Fiction” and some justification to go along with it.
Today my guest is fellow Laowai blogger Matt. He is the resident Kunminger (that is a word, right?), and his most recent intelligent posts have been about learning and teaching Chinese, as well as cooking and alcoholism. Also, he keeps his own personal blog, Matt Schiavenza – A China Journal, which is a worthy addition to your Google Reader, whenever it’s not blocked. Today we’re doing a bit of a topic potpourri, discussing Google, prostitution, and the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the National People’s Congress.
o join us for Fact or Fiction 4: March Madness~!!!Read More
If you’ve somehow missed the news, Google.cn has officially exited China, sort of. Instead of pulling out of the country completely, they’ve moved the search division of their business to Hong Kong, which is free of the political censorship rules that the Mainland’s internet is subject to. Now when visiting google.cn, visitors are automatically redirected …Read More
Here’s a great video recorded at TED2010 earlier this month in which TED curator Chris Anderson talks to Google co-founder Sergey Brin about the company’s recent statements about their China operations. You can read the whole transcript of the talk here. Apologies for the far right-side of the video being cut off. It shouldn’t affect …Read More
At this point, everyone knows about Google’s decision to channel Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” and more or less say “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” when it comes to complying with China’s internet censorship laws. In its January 12 blog post, Google stated that the company does in fact recognize …Read More
Welcome back to Fact or Fiction. In case you missed it last time, it is an (ir)regular feature here on Lost Laowai. Every edition I will have a guest and we will discuss a few of the big issues in China of the day. Every answer will have a “Fact” or a “Fiction” and some justification to go along with it.
Today, like much of the blogosphere we will be talking about the Google vs. GFW debate. Which makes my guest, Steven, the perfect counterpart. The current resident of Suzhou, writes here at Lost Laowai and most of his posts have a technological theme. He is also the sole China blogger for CNET Asia with his blog Sinobytes.
So without further ado, let’s get down to Fact or Fiction 2: Electric Googaloo!!!Read More
Google has announced that it might soon pull the plug on its operations in China, citing grave concerns over some recent, bizarre hack attacks, and lack of freedom of speech. The official notice on the main Google blog reveals that a concerted hacking attack, which originated in China, has been using phishing and malware to …Read More
The already unfortunate situation of internet censorship in China – imposed by the so-called Great Firewall – has been slowly getting worse this year, making a mockery of claims that the Olympics would open up China in terms of allowing a greater spread of communication and discussion. This year the Great Firewall has metamorphosed from …Read More
The Chinese government notoriously dislikes any organisation, particularly a foreign one, communicating directly to its people – so it’s little wonder that the story of Google in China has been one of jumping through fiery hoops. This week Google has been under attack in China over internet pornography, especially with regards its ‘search suggestions’ drop-down …Read More