Weekly reading 18

Aug 08, 2020
A new approach to China - blogspot:

We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that “we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China.”

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

Time flies. It’s been 10 years since Google decided to shift Google.cn to Google HK and eventually quit doing business in China. Now people say that the rule Google didn’t want to comply with is about corporate process like partnership, certificates, and data center location, not of the censorship policy or the fact that it has been attacked. Who says that? Kaifu Li, the ex head of Google China.

楊路:什麼是中國經濟「內循環」?能循環起來嗎? - theinitium:


The classic example of working your way up from the bottom. What China economy has achieved is truly one of its kind. The advantage of Chinese factories has long upgraded from the cheap labor to an efficient supply eco-system


Basically it is a temporary way to leverage domestic consumer market to backfill the gap due to reduced export. It stirs up the appetite of domestic consumers, but won’t come with concrete policies to actually shuffle the economic structure.

端傳媒五週年:我們還能在斷裂世界中建立連結嗎? - theinitium:

五年前的今天,端傳媒在港島東一間面朝大海的辦公室邁出了第一步。我們希望用專業主義與開放、包容的敘事,打破世界的藩籬,搭建連結和對話,並圍繞真正的問題展開思辨。五年後的今天,我們依舊前進在這條路上。 […] 媒體的使命之一,就是做一個「不合時宜」的角色——在令人炫目的GDP增長下關注被剝奪的個體,在勃興的科技躍進中標註出岌岌可危的隱私邊界,以及,在脫鉤的聲浪裏展示連結的多元與重要性。




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