In a defiant move, Google has officially shut down its Chinese search site. Users visiting Google.cn are now redirected to a Hong Kong portal, Google.hk where search results appear uncensored. Currently supported by servers in Hong Kong, Google said it is "fully aware" the Chinese government may block access to the site. In many ways the company's exit is unprecedented and gives rise to a myriad of consequences. Here's what technology writers are focusing on:
- Cleanses Google's Reputation, cheers Preston Gralla at Computerworld.
- Fully Exposes China's Censorship, writes Dan Nosowitz at Fast Company.
- Puts the Onus on China to Liberate the Internet, says Leslie Harris, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
- Cripples the Work of Chinese Scientists, writes Alexis Madrigal at Wired.
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