*We're excited to share with you news that on Tuesday, Google, the largest
Internet search engine and arguably one the world's most influential
corporations, announced that it would stop censoring search results in
China.* This decision came after Google discovered 'highly sophisticated and
targeted attacks' on its corporate infrastructure from China. Dozens of
Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China were also targeted by
the cyber attacks.
The statement on Google's official blog
<http://googleblog.blogspot.com/>declared: "We have decided we are no
longer willing to continue censoring
our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be
discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate
an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all."
Thank you to everyone who took action opposing Google.cn in 2006 - your
emails, phone calls, and faxes made a difference.
Google's decision to stand up to Beijing is a landmark victory for freedom
of expression, freedom of information, human rights, and the Tibet movement
and is likely to have implications for other western companies operating in
Let this be a wake-up call to corporations and political leaders everywhere:
colluding with Beijing's repressive policies does not bring about positive
change or greater freedoms in China and Tibet. As we applaud Google's
breakup with Beijing, we call on other companies and governments to also
stand up to the Chinese government's tyranny.
Tendor, Kate, Tendolkar, Schuyler, Nathan, Lhadon and the entire SFT HQ crew