Google, China and web censorship: A sorry history

Google is defying the Chinese authorities and threatening to pull out of the country, after an unprecedented effort to hack into the Gmail accounts of dissidents. This round-up traces Google's the troubled efforts to grapple with censorship in the country.


"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."

That was the message from Google, when it launched in China four years ago. Today, it seems to have concluded that its hope of using an accommodation with the Chinese authorities to bring greater information to that country has failed.

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