Farewell! G.cn. See you on the other side of the wall!
3/22/2010 12:03:00 PM
On January 12, we announced on this blog that Google and more than twenty other U.S. companies had been the victims of a sophisticated cyber attack originating from China, and that during our investigation into these attacks we had uncovered evidence to suggest that the Gmail accounts of dozens of human rights activists connected with China were being routinely accessed by third parties, most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on their computers. We also made clear that these attacks and the surveillance they uncovered—combined with attempts over the last year to further limit free speech on the web in China including the persistent blocking of websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs and Blogger—had led us to conclude that we could no longer continue censoring our results on Google.cn.
So earlier today we stopped censoring our search services—Google Search, Google News, and Google Images—on Google.cn. Users visiting Google.cn are now being redirected to Google.com.hk, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong. Users in Hong Kong will continue to receive their existing uncensored, traditional Chinese service, also from Google.com.hk. Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over.
所以，在今天早些时候我们停止了对Google.cn上的搜索服务——Google Search、Google News和Google Images——的审查。访问Google.cn的用户将会被转向Google.com.hk，在那里我们提供不经审查的简体中文搜索，通过我们在香港的服务器专门为来自中国大陆的用户服务。香港的用户将会继续收到他们原有的Google.com.hk未经审查的繁体中文服务。由于香港服务器所增加的负荷和这些变化的复杂性，在我们转移所有东西的过程中用户可能会发现服务速度有些变缓或者有些产品暂时不能访问。
Figuring out how to make good on our promise to stop censoring search on Google.cn has been hard. We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement. We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we’ve faced—it’s entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services. We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China.
弄清楚怎样实现我们对Google.cn的搜索不进行审查的承诺是非常艰难的。我们希望全世界更多的人能访问我们的服务，包括来自中国大陆的用户，然而中 国政府在我们谈判的过程中非常清楚地表明自我审查是一个不可谈判的我们条件。我们相信这个通过Google.com.hk提供简体中文不经审查的搜索的新举措对我们所面 对的挑战来讲是一个较实际的解决办法——这样是完全合法的，并且将会对促进中国人民对信息的访问非常有意义。我们非常希望中国政府能尊重我们的决定，尽管 我们非常清楚这可能随时会导致对我们服务的封锁。因此我们会非常仔细地监视访问问题，并且我们设立了这个新的页面每天更新以便每个人都能看到哪些服务在中国是可以访问的。
In terms of Google’s wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk. Finally, we would like to make clear that all these decisions have been driven and implemented by our executives in the United States, and that none of our employees in China can, or should, be held responsible for them. Despite all the uncertainty and difficulties they have faced since we made our announcement in January, they have continued to focus on serving our Chinese users and customers. We are immensely proud of them.
对于Google扩大商业运作而言，我们有意继续我们在中国的研究与测试工作，并在那里保留一支销售团队，尽管这支销售队伍的大小明显地会部分取决于中国 大陆用户是否能够访问Google.com.hk。最后，我们要声 明我们所有的这些决定都是由在美国的执行者们推动与实施的，我们中国的雇员没有任何人能够或者应该对其负责。从我们于二月份发表的通知开始，不管他们面对多大的不确定性和困难性，他们都在坚持聚焦于服务我们的中国用户和客户。我们为他们深深地感到自豪。
Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer