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Sindromi cinesi 13.01.10

Google ha deciso di minacciare la Cina impedendo la censura nelle proprie ricerche, a seguito di attacchi informatici provenienti dal paese asiatico con lo scopo di violare account e-mail di attivisti per i diritti umani.
Attacchi che al momento hanno coinvolto 34 aziende. Lo stesso Baidu sarebbe stato colpito.

Ora Google potrebbe essere costretto ad abbandonare il mercato cinese non rispettando più gli accordi con il governo di Pechino.
La decisione di andarsene potrebbe però dipendere dallo stesso Google, irritato dalle continue ingerenze e restrizioni.

Salvo possibili nuovi scenari.

We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that "we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China".

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate 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.

The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences. We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make Google.cn the success it is today. We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised.

[11:27] Sorgono dei dubbi per quanto riguarda l'ipotesi di attacchi informatici rivolti anche contro Baidu.

Uccidere l'entusiasmo 13.01.10

Quegli scettici di TechCrunch sull'affaire Google in Cina.

Enter the now famous blog post (that was notably, only on the English-language site) saying that Google was no longer playing by the Chinese government's rules and was prepared to close down Chinese operations if it came to that. Valley elites erupted into applause on Twitter and blogs saying Google was showing more backbone than the US government and was a model of integrity for the world.

I'll give Google this much: They're taking a bad situation and making something good out of it, both from a human and business point of view. I'm not saying human rights didn't play into the decision, but this was as much about business.