and Google v China, Financial Times 29 June 2010
Hum! Google stops the automatic redirecting to its HK pages. Instead, it puts a link to HK, which means that the user has to consciously click on the link to reach uncensored searches. Well, apart from the issue of whether Google will obtain the renewal of its licence (I’m not qualified to analyse this issue), the change obviously puts the onus on the user. In other words, the Chinese authorities can argue that the user willingly accessed uncensored materials, and the user will have no defence such as s/he was automatically redirected to the ‘problematic’ content webpage. Transation: Google refuses to help Chinese users and its pledge for free speech is seriously diminished.