The China Firewall: Banned Keywords

An update from the WSJ (paid sub) on the Great Chinese Firewall, quoting the China Internet project I played a small role in starting at Berkeley. The piece includes a list of keywords that are banned in China, a list that was first published by the China Digital News blog…

greatwallAn update from the WSJ (paid sub) on the Great Chinese Firewall, quoting the China Internet project I played a small role in starting at Berkeley. The piece includes a list of keywords that are banned in China, a list that was first published by the China Digital News blog we launched last year.

It’s interesting to note how critical search is to the process of censorship in China and other countries. From the WSJ article:

The research project by the three universities, known as the OpenNet
Initiative, routed requests through computers in China to Google, Yahoo
and Chinese search engines Baidu.com, in which Google Inc. is an
investor, and Yisou.com, which is owned by Yahoo Inc. Searches with
sensitive terms like “Falun,” for the Falun Gong spiritual movement that
is banned in China, or “Free Tibet” were routinely cut off, without
sending back an error message, the report says.

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Paul Ford Strikes Again: The Banality of Google

One of my favorite pieces on the future of the web is Paul Ford's "August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web." (You haven't read it? Go read it! Now!) He's at it again: Ford's just posted a new riff entittled The Banality of Google. Clearly,…

FutureGoogle_423x385One of my favorite pieces on the future of the web is Paul Ford’s “August 2009: How Google beat Amazon and Ebay to the Semantic Web.” (You haven’t read it? Go read it! Now!)

He’s at it again: Ford’s just posted a new riff entittled The Banality of Google. Clearly, Ford is a teeny weeny bit sick of all the Google talk. From the piece:

Of course, you don’t arrive at a morally profound motto like “don’t be evil” without some serious thought. Here are some of the mottoes that Google tried out and rejected:
• Google! Dance with the devil, but go home before it gets serious.
• Google! We won’t commit genocide in most circumstances.
• Google! Don’t eat no babies.
• Google! We could do good, but we’re like, whoa.
• Google! Begone, demon!

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