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Monday, January 30, 2006

I Guess He's Just Not Photographed Often...

I just did a search of google.com images vs. google.cn images for the term "dalai lama".

Google.com (free world): 42,800

Google.cn (censored world): 38, though only ONE picture of the current Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso. HHDL is with Bush in this picture.

Then I did a comparative search using the term "free Tibet" on Google images.

Google.com: 11,800 sparkling pictures and logos calling for a free Tibet.

Google.cn: 20 pictures and map's, mostly from the PRC's propaganda website tibet.cn

Anyone else want to toss out some comparative searches between Google and Google.cn?

[UPDATE 1]: Boing Boing links to SFT's Google logo jam and the protest at Google's HQ! Thanks guys!

[UPDATE 2]: Pamela of Atlas Shrugs has linked to our Google logo jam and TWBF. Thanks Pamela!

[UPDATE 3]: Working Assets/Act For Change has added SFT's jammed logo to their online action campaign.

Nathan Weinberg takes apart Google's justifications for censorship:

I believe Google has the right to censor its searches. That is the cost of doing business in China. But to cloak it in their typical PR-bullshit, to claim that it is in the best interests of Chinese users and not their bottom line, to not once acknowledge that this is the result of laws that should never be, that disgusts me. People have died for this, and how dare you ignore them.

There’s been talk of a boycott passed around, with some discussion on the term “Red Tuesday”, and I am completely on board. On that day, I will replace my Google ads with an image explaining exactly why. I hope enough people do this to affect Google’s bottom line. I hope enough people do it that it hits Google’s founders where it really hurts, in the stock price. I hope it sends a message that its better to stick by your guns and lose than to sell your soul and win.
I'd hope other companies see the outrage that Google has sparked and realize that doing business by China's rules isn't worth prostituting their moral values.

[UPDATE 4]: Google Blogoscoped has a partial list of terms google.cn filters results of and/or returns censored websites. Scroll down to see the list, which is ironically posted as an image to prevent the page from being censored for having restricted terms. Google Blogoscoped has lots of other information about how Google.cn is censoring tremendously more websites than google.com -- not to mention the immoral stance Google has taken in partnering in China's massive censorship & propaganda program.

[UPDATE 5]: Mark Fiore has created an incredible flash movie on Google: iRepress. Watch it now!!!


  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger cold mtn said…

    Actually, there are 2 photos of the Dalai Lama - the other one is right next to the one with Bush. It's from 1954 and shows the 19-year old Dala Lama as well as the Panchen Lama on either side of... Mao Tse-tung.

    The series of photos is titled "Unforgettable photos about peaceful Liberation." Nice.

    Yep, it's from when the Tibetan government was desperately trying to appease the young PRC and stop the ongoing devastation while monks and laypeople across the nation were putting down their mala beads and picking up guns to fight the Chinese. Peaceful liberation, google-style.

  • At 1:42 PM, Blogger Ansel said…

    Thanks for what you guys are doing, keep it up. I sent my letter in last week, wish I could be there for the protests.

    I don't know if you're already aware of this or not, but thought I'd mention that Blogger/blogspot is owned and operated by Google. I'm shutting down my blogspot blog and switching to Wordpress, maybe you all should too.

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  • At 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This shouldn't be any surprise.
    Years ago, Google was required by French and German laws to pull all Pro-Nazi websites from their French/German search index. (In Germany case, also banned Scientology). In Japan, some "cults" are banned.
    And Google "voluntarily" complied.
    Why the big fuss over similar laws in China? It's all "censorship".


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