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星期五, 六月 09, 2006


Google co-founder says company is staying in China

Fri Jun 9, 2006 12:39am ET7

By Joel Rothstein

WASHINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) is committed to doing business in China despite criticism the company has faced for abiding by Chinese government censorship restrictions, co-founder Sergey Brin said this week.

On Tuesday, after a session with several U.S. senators to discuss telecommunications legislation, Brin made comments that prompted some journalists to speculate Google intended to change or eliminate its operations in China.

In fact, he reiterated Google's intention to move ahead with its google.cn site -- a version of the leading Internet search engine that censors thousands of sites according to Chinese standards -- as well as its global google.com site.

Brin told a small group of invited journalists: "I think it's perfectly reasonable to do something different. Say, OK, let's stand by the principle against censorship and we won't actually operate there".

But he then added: "That's an alternative path. It's not the one we've chosen to take right now".

Brin, who serves as a co-president of Google, said users in China have two options -- slower speed search which is uncensored at http://www.google.com, or faster search, with limits set by Chinese authorities at http://www.google.cn/.

"If you are a normal Chinese user and you want to use Google, just go to google.com and you actually won't get good service. Eventually you will go to google.cn," Brin said.


The vast majority of Web users inside China -- 99 percent, he said -- use Google.com rather than Google.cn at this time.

Chinese Internet service providers take steps to ensure that the uncensored google.com site does not work as intended, Brin said. The google.cn censored site would presumably not be slowed by Chinese blocking tactics.

"We sort of committed to try out this path and we are still actually trying to get it to work," Brin said.

A Google spokeswoman said the company had no further comment on Brin's remarks.

Brin's comments echoed statements by Elliot Schrage, Google's vice president of public affairs, before a U.S. Congressional Human Right committee in Washington last February.

"We think we have made a reasonable decision, though we cannot be sure it will ultimately be proven to be the best one," Schrage said at the time. "We've begun a process that we hope will better serve our Chinese users."

Schrage said the company hoped to add additional services, if circumstances permitted, beyond search services and Google News.

As part of its plan announced in January to begin operating directly in China, Google declined to offer e-mail, blogging or chat rooms, services where free-wheeling discussion could put the company in hot water with the Chinese authorities.

At a regular news briefing in Beijing on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said the Chinese government viewed Google's involvement in the country positively.


Google创始人称不退出中国 将推出更多服务

http://www.sina.com.cn 2006年06月09日 11:12 新浪科技

新浪科技讯 北京时间6月9日消息,据路透社报道,Google联合创始人塞吉·布林(Sergey Brin)本周表示,由于在中国推出了采用自我审查机制的搜索服务,Google受到了多方人士的批评,但这并不会影响Google在中国市场开展业务的决心。




布林透露,在Google中国用户中,目前有99%访问Google.com,只有 1%访问Google.cn。他同时称,由于中国互联网服务提供商设置的限制,Google.com无法像公司预期的那样正常运转,而google.cn 则没有受到影响。到目前为止,Google发言人还没有就此发表进一步的评论。

针对Google搜索服务在中国采用的自我审查机制,Google主管全球通信和公共事务的副总裁埃里奥特·斯卡拉奇(Elliot Schrage)今年2月在美国国会人权委员会表示:“我们已经做出一个合理的决定,尽管目前还不能确定它是否为最佳决定。我们这样做的目的是更好地为中国用户服务。”他同时称,Google已经在中国推出了搜索服务和新闻服务,如果环境允许,该公司还将推出更多服务。



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