China fights back against Google by sending their little sister.
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Google 'sister' launches in China" which talks about a new search site in China. Apparently the loss of Google in China is not a problem. It turns out they had a complete replacement waiting in the wings which is more in tune with their requirements. The site is available at goojje.com.
I admit, that I don't read Chinese, so I took the text on the front page and ran it through Google's translation tool. Here's what it came back with:
"Gu sister born for peace, the sister network of the world will be because of the emergence of a harmonious valley, there are no longer lonely valley sister buddies."
"Valley sister of a person's strength is too small, we need your strength, Love Valley, sister, please introduce me to your friends, Gu Jie Yue whether male or female are introduced"
I'm sure that I'm missing something in the translation there. Of course, the big question is whether or not the Goojje site has the sorts of limitations that Google allegedly refused to do. You can actually check this out yourself. Here's what you need:
I don't know what my opinion is on this sort of restriction. I personally like information to be free. However, I've made agreements to restrict sharing of information for my job as a condition of my employment. The US puts restrictions on availability of information as well. As you may know, Sourceforge.net was recently required to restrict access to their servers to Iran and other countries on "the list." Sourceforge was pretty open about the situation and said in their statement that they were responding to legal requirements from the US government. Seems to me that while such action could keep the "bad guys" from downloading files (thus requiring them to get it from a server residing in any other country, it also restricts access to tools which might be used by people who are looking for change.
We certainly live in interesting times.