Yesterday, Google announced that it won’t do the Chinese government’s bidding anymore, and will de-censor its search results on Google.cn. That move was a response to cyber-attacks on Google, apparently aimed at both stealing Google’s technology and hacking the gmail accounts of human rights advocates.
The censored keywords–highlighted in red–center on human rights abuses and political uprisings, including Buddhism. (The one outlier: The charmingly quaint “Eroticism.”)
But the blocked Web sites are, as often as not, shockingly trivial. Sure, you’ve got nytimes.com. You also have Perez Hilton, College Humor, and Addicting Games.
Media we can understand. But did you realize that censors in China see dumb, Internet fun as such a grave threat? In an odd way, that reveals more about the insecurity of Chinese government than the censoring of Tienanmen Square searches.