Primary tabs

Google China license renewed?

Robert Clark
telecomasia.net
Google appears to have won a renewal of its China license.
 
The search firm has posted an ICP (internet content provider) number on its China search page, along with fresh links to music, translation and shopping.
 
The page had not displayed a number since Google’s previous license expired on June 30.
 
Google’s China PR chief Wang Jinhong told Beijing News that Google had been awarded its license in 2007 for five years, but that it was subject to annual review.
 
Google announced in January that it would no longer censor its China searches, and in March began redirecting them to Hong Kong, which offers unfiltered search results.
 
Last week, just prior to the expiry of its license, it changed this so that search queries were redirected to Hong Kong only after users clicked on the google.cn page.
 
Google’s US head office was not available to comment because of the July 4 public holiday.
 
While google.com.hk can offer uncensored search results, the government’s own extensive filtering system will screen out sensitive topics. 

MORE ARTICLES ON CENSORSHIP, CHINA, GOOGLE, GOOGLE-CHINA

Commentary

Apple, Amazon, and the exclusivity paradox

Rob Gallagher/Ovum

OTT video players banking on exclusive content to grow may have an uphill battle

Rob Gallagher/Ovum

OTT video players banking on exclusive content to grow may have an uphill battle

Alan Zeichick/Camden Associates

Helping drive this is the enterprise’s need for being able to run their businesses in a more agile way