Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2018 23:03 UTC

Google is reportedly planning to re-launch its search engine in China, complete with censored results to meet the demands of the Chinese government. The company originally shut down its Chinese search engine in 2010, citing government attempts to "limit free speech on the web". But according to a report from The Intercept, the US tech giant now wants to return to the world's biggest single market for internet users.

According to internal documents provided to The Intercept by a whistleblower, Google has been developing a censored version of its search engine under the codename Dragonfly since the beginning of 2017. The search engine is being built as an Android mobile app, and will reportedly "blacklist sensitive queries" and filter out all websites blocked by China's web censors (including Wikipedia and BBC News). The censorship will extend to Google's image search, spell check, and suggested search features.

In the same vein as before, Google cares about freedom of expression and providing access to information. Unless you're Chinese - then you're shit out of luck.

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RE: Comment by FlyingJester
by Sidux on Thu 2nd Aug 2018 08:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by FlyingJester"
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Pretty much every service offered by Google was copied in China (and will be ..).
Despite this, they need the market-share one way or the other (Asia is currently viewed as second wave of technology startups that need to go global from investment point of view)

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RE[2]: Comment by FlyingJester
by Vistaus on Fri 3rd Aug 2018 16:30 in reply to "RE: Comment by FlyingJester"
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Their services have also been "copied" in other countries where Google is active. For example, OpenStreetMap "copied" Google Maps, KDE Marble "copied" Google Earth, various services have "copied" Google's former RSS service, etc.

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