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Thursday, 30 June 2011 14:09

China blocks Google+

Written by Nick Farell

You probably were not expecting this
China has moved to block Google+ just a day after it was released,  but while many are claiming it is all part of a communist plot to crack down on dissent this time Beijing has a very good reason for doing so.

For those who came in late, Google+ is that outfit's attempt at social notworking. Social notworking is seen as a major threat for autocratic governments because it allows its populations to share information and gossip. It would seem obvious that the Chinese might be a little scared about allowing a social network system in the country, particularly one run by Google, which it has had a few spats with.

However recently it was revealed by Microsoft that cloud based operations in other countries, which are run by American companies, are under the control of the US Patriot Act. This means that all the US has to do to spy on anyone in China is to show up to Google with a court order and that outfit is obligated to hand over information. The CIA can even get a gagging order so that the person being spied on does not know.

This makes any US company doing business in China, or even having a server based there, liable to be turned into spooks for the Americans. No wonder the Chinese have told Google to sling its hook.

Nick Farell

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+8 #1 fuadzilla 2011-06-30 17:20
damn dirty yanks. despicable...
+6 #2 Kryojenix 2011-07-01 01:54
They're just trading freedom for security again. This time, trading the freedom of outsiders which they normally advocate so enthusiasticall y, for their own security.

The Chinese govt. is lucky to have the opportunity to block Google+ before it can have any foothold in China. It'd be much harder to control if it first had a chance to become established.

So, big advantage for Facebook. But I'd also suspect Facebook of being far more compliant towards keeping the Chinese govt.happy (compared to Google). So, I wouldn't say Chinese citizens can happily keep using Facebook freely, either.

I really wish I could become immortal (or super-long-lived) to see how global geo- and social politics plays out over the next few centuries. Should be intriguing!
-11 #3 Marburg_U 2011-07-01 07:42
I don't wish terrorists to be able to plan their attacks via US corporates assets.

And it's proved that the PATRIOT Act and the Terrorist Surveillance Program did thwart lots of dead; in particular in foreign countries, like here in Europe (ask ze Germans...).

So, thanks God Google complies with the counter-terrorism laws.
-2 #4 Fierce Guppy 2011-07-02 00:02
Trust Nick to spin the Chinese Government's act to quash another avenue of free speech into a moral imperative. Nick, the autocrat's arsewiper. What ~that~ government has done is par for the course. It has blocked youtube, twitter, facebook, flikr, blogspot, Ustream, wikileaks, Falun Gong websites, Amnesty international, (cont..)
-2 #5 Fierce Guppy 2011-07-02 00:03
(...cont) reporters without borders, and it just occurred to me while writing this that I should've given a friend who's currently visiting his relatives in China a list of sites to try... f**k!! Having snoops policing internet cafes and people called "50-centers" paid to tilt online discussions in favour of the CCP, and filtering search results so that "Tiananmen Square massacre" turns up stuff about the ~Nanjing~ massacre are the hallmarks of a government desperate to maintain ideological control over citizens. Nothing new under the Sun since Mao, just the means.

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