Google In China LIVE BLOG: Latest Updates On Google's Threat To Leave
6:00 PM ET: A timeline of Google's biggest China controversies has been posted.
See a history of Google's most important China disputes on the Huffington Post.
5:53 PM ET: Selected posts on Twitter have been translated from Chinese to English.
Twitter user Wangle translated the following Tweet, which he says has been re-Tweeted by Chinese users:
#GoogleCN employees already forbidden access to code. Interns went home. All full-time staff discuss severence. #GoogleCN ending for sure.
The China Digital Times has translated a selection of #GoogleCN-related Tweets. Here are a few:
@xuxiaoxuxiao Respect Google for: 1 Doing what you should, even if it's not easy 2. Protecting your heart and your clients
@cxzj If Google chooses to leave with dignity, I'll understand and support this decision, and see it there outside the Great Firewall. My only expectation is Google can study the technology on how to break through the Great Firewall after it leaves, in order to erase its humiliation of having been emasculated and befouled for so many years in China.
@hutianyi If Google leaves the Dynasty unwillingly, I'll follow it forever, even I'll have to use proxy software all day long, or even pay for VPN. RT @guao: Having found its email system been attacked by Mainland China, Google claimed it will probably leave Mainland China. http://guao.cc/mic
@cxzj: It's not Google that's withdrawing from China, it's China that's withdrawing from the world #GoogleCN
5:42 PM ET: Google's announcement highlights how China has entered its "Bush-Cheney era," according to The Atlantic's National Correspondent James Fallows.
While the United States has traded George W. Bush for Barack Obama, China "seems to be entering its Bush-Cheney era," and there are "reasons to think that a difficult and unpleasant stage of China-U.S. and China-world relations lies ahead," Fallows writes.
This is so on the economic front, as warned about here nearly a year ago with later evidence here. It may prove to be so on the environmental front -- that is what the argument over China's role in Copenhagen is about. It is increasingly so on the political-liberties front, as witness Vaclav Havel's denunciation of the recent 11-year prison sentence for the man who is in many ways his Chinese counterpart, Liu Xiaobo. And if a major U.S. company -- indeed, Google has been ranked the #1 brand in the world -- has concluded that, in effect, it must break diplomatic relations with China because its policies are too repressive and intrusive to make peace with, that is a significant judgment.
5:34 PM ET: Google has "taken a bold step on the right side of history" by putting an end to censored search results, a Wall Street Journal opinion editorial argues.
Rebecca McKinnon writes,
I do believe, however, that some day in my lifetime the Chinese people may learn more about some of the conversations that have taken place over the past decade between Internet company executives and Chinese authorities. When that happens, they will know who sold them out and who was most eager to help the Chinese Communist Party in building a blinkered cocoon of disinformation around their lives--and in some cases deaths.
5:18 PM ET: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a statement on Google's announcement on China.
Pelosi's statement reads:
Google is to be commended for taking action in response to cyber attacks originating from China targeting Chinese human rights advocates, and the intellectual property and corporate data of Google and more than 30 other companies. The announcement that Google will fully review its business operations in China and will no longer tolerate censorship of its search engine should serve as an example to businesses and governments.
The Chinese government operates one of the most sophisticated operations in the world to control the Internet. It is essential that technology companies not assist in efforts that violate human rights or prohibit the free exchange of ideas.