A Capital Idea In China

By Ben Charny  |  Posted 2006-02-01 Print this article Print

With the postscript "Enjoy the liberation while you can, citizens," the Web site Crypticide recently unleashed a way to beat Google Inc.'s censorship of its new Chinese search engine results.

The trick - entering search terms in capital letters -- worked for about six hours. Crypticide's readers noted how quickly Google acted, and that now it was onto finding some other means around Google's great wall around China.

The recent events between Jan. 29 to Jan. 30 dramatize how Google's escapades in China have catalyzed a large number of hackers, both of good and bad intentions, and that the contest of wills between the two interests is now only just beginning.

The focus of all the probing is the means by which Google's censoring result of www.google.cn, which launched a few days ago. The catalyst for all the hacks is Google's announcement that the results available through the site are censored at the government's behest. It's a noble tradeoff, Google argues.

But making this particular groundswell stand out is how civil rights groups and ordinary Web users are springing into action.

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