大逆轉! Google否認撤出中國

2010/01/19

聯合新聞網 2010/01/19

全球網路搜尋龍頭Google的大陸風波上演大逆轉。Google昨(18)日否認要撤出中國大陸,並表示正與中共官方談判,主題為過濾網路搜尋內容。

此外消息人士透露,Google中國正進行內部調查,了解是否有內賊配合外部駭客攻擊Google中國的網站。

彭博資訊、路透與法新社報導,Google中國昨天在聲明中,否認各方媒體關於該公司將撤離大陸或停止員工上班等報導,並提到目前還在掃描內部網路是否有人破壞。

Google中國也提到,未來幾天將與官方談判,但沒有提到接觸對象或可能結果。

Google中國在聲明中說:「本公司在宣布(遭受網路攻擊)當天,讓員工放假一天,讓我們可以進行內部掃描及測試,確定整個網路安全無虞。谷歌中國的員工都已回來工作,所有業務照常運作。」

瑞士信貸分析師張永恆在昨天發布的研究報告中語出驚人地指出,Google中國的業務可能在2月正式結束,並連帶使中共官方封鎖境內網民使用Google 美國網站。張永恆在報告寫道:「在Google中國關閉後,中國政府可能經常封鎖Google主網站。若無法穩定進入網站,Google可能失去流量,甚至連廣告都流失到百度與其他搜尋網站。」

其他中外同業對Google中國風波的反應趨向保守,除了雅虎之外。雅虎周末公開表示支持Google,讓中方合作夥伴阿里巴巴有點感冒。

然而,陪同阿里巴巴創辦人馬雲來台的該公司發言人John Spelich 昨天在台北表示,要斷定中共官方涉及從網路攻擊Google中國,仍然言之過早。

John Spelich說:「接觸過我們的媒體認為,雅虎支持Google的聲明意味,(中國)政府在背後有份。我們的觀點是,由於沒有證據顯示犯罪者是誰,現在要點名是誰做的太早。」

微軟公司則指出,目前無意撤出中國大陸。

另外兩位消息人士透露,Google正在內部調查,確定從去年12月中以來的網路攻擊事件中,是否有內賊通外鬼。

報導指出,這些攻擊是來自可接觸Google網路特定環節的人士,這些人可能獲得Google中國內部員工協助。

Google中國一位不具名女性發言人說:「我們不對謠言或推測發表評論。這項調查還在進行中,我們無法評論任何細節。」

【經濟日報/記者劉煥彥報導/20100119】

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An update on China
6/28/2010 10:45:00 PM
Update July 9:
We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China.

(original post)
Ever since we launched Google.cn, our search engine for mainland Chinese users, we have done our best to increase access to information while abiding by Chinese law. This has not always been an easy balance to strike, especially since our January announcement that we were no longer willing to censor results on Google.cn.

We currently automatically redirect everyone using Google.cn to Google.com.hk, our Hong Kong search engine. This redirect, which offers unfiltered search in simplified Chinese, has been working well for our users and for Google. However, it’s clear from conversations we have had with Chinese government officials that they find the redirect unacceptable—and that if we continue redirecting users our Internet Content Provider license will not be renewed (it’s up for renewal on June 30). Without an ICP license, we can’t operate a commercial website like Google.cn—so Google would effectively go dark in China.

That’s a prospect dreaded by many of our Chinese users, who have been vocal about their desire to keep Google.cn alive. We have therefore been looking at possible alternatives, and instead of automatically redirecting all our users, we have started taking a small percentage of them to a landing page on Google.cn that links to Google.com.hk—where users can conduct web search or continue to use Google.cn services like music and text translate, which we can provide locally without filtering. This approach ensures we stay true to our commitment not to censor our results on Google.cn and gives users access to all of our services from one page.

Over the next few days we’ll end the redirect entirely, taking all our Chinese users to our new landing page—and today we re-submitted our ICP license renewal application based on this approach.

As a company we aspire to make information available to users everywhere, including China. It’s why we have worked so hard to keep Google.cn alive, as well as to continue our research and development work in China. This new approach is consistent with our commitment not to self censor and, we believe, with local law. We are therefore hopeful that our license will be renewed on this basis so we can continue to offer our Chinese users services via Google.cn.

Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer
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