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March 21, 2010

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yetaai

Thank you! We are even thinking to have an advertisement on nyt so that more people know our intention.

Niubi

Thanks for translating and posting this.
Google has had a very deep look into how censorship works in China. The stories they could tell the world, just as these netizens are asking.

But I don't think Google will reveal what it knows and what it did, for at least three reasons:
1. Most of the government censorship demands are "unofficial", over IM, phone, in person. So if Google discloses to the world, they may be putting at risk the person(s) who were responsible for "coordinating" with the relevant authorities;
2. It sounds like Google wants to keep some operations in China. Disclosing the details of their censorship activities could only get them in trouble in China;
3. Does Google really want the embarrassment of a news cycle around the details of the censorship?

FYI I posted some questions for Google on my blog. Not nearly as poignant or important as the ones from the Chinese netizens:
http://digicha.com/?p=292

Sam Jackson

The translation seems pretty reasonable at capturing most of the ideas. Certainly an interesting perspective to hear from. I have been very interested in hearing from Chinese net users about their impressions about the 'Google Incident' but I have limited my questioning since I don't want to get people in trouble...

I'm doubly sad I wasn't able to get to visit the 清华 science park Google office while I was at Beida last semester; I would walk by and note the Googley furniture but didn't know anyone at the office to go visit! (As a 2x Google intern, soon to be 3x, I am trying to tour the offices of the world ;) )

One thing I will add here, in response to both the Post article and this open letter, is a reminder to foreigners about considering the particular slice of the Chinese internet that is expressing xyz - China has more internet users than there are people in the US.S., there's a lot of variety there, and the groups most vocal and most able to make their voices heard stateside might not be as representative as one would think!

Anyhow. Kudos to Chinese netizens for asking good questions, I hope they can get some good answers.

Starburst

I advise healthy skepticism of both the Chinese government and Google. Google, as we can see from how they haphazardly launched "Buzz" does not truly care much for human rights and aggressively seeks expansion and profit. Odds are they will make a back door deal to stay in the Chinese market somehow.

rob

what a bunch of bologna! chinese netizens? what's that, like 5 chinese citizens got together and decided they would represent the online presence of one of the largest countries in the world. yeah. get real people.

Robert

Here is a full translation of the open letter:
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dfw7fpm7_77crfpc8fv

Zai China

I just translated into Spanish. Maybe somebody is interested: http://wp.me/pPKxb-5m

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