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China Renews Google’s Internet License

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After months and months of censorship, workarounds, and harsh words between them, it’s been decided: the Chinese government will not force Google out of the country.  Google announced this morning that its Internet Content Provider license has been renewed.

Google’s announcement was quite understated, with no gloating evident.  Indeed, it just came in the form of a one-sentence update to the most recent China-related post on the Official Google Blog.

The update read, "We are very pleased that the government has renewed our ICP license and we look forward to continuing to provide web search and local products to our users in China."

This is undeniably big news, though.  From a human rights perspective, it means Google will continue to expose itself to criticism over whatever information it denies Chinese users.  And also praise for at least providing them with some information they might have had more trouble accessing before.

Then, from a business perspective, this development means Google still has a chance to profit as the world’s most populous country goes online.  Which investors should appreciate.  (Google’s stock is actually up 2.99 percent in trading so far this morning, while Baidu’s stock has sunk 1.97 percent.)

Expect more comments from Google executives and Chinese officials as the news spreads.

China Renews Google’s Internet License
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  • http://lanta-krabi.blogspot.com/ Lanta

    I expect Google are looking at Australia and their new firewall. Realizing that more countries could be wanting content removed from regional searches. What China is asking might be normal in a few years.
    The moral crusade is lost and the money won.

  • Thomas luiss

    I am sure that there is definitely more than meets the eye in this case. Some secret deal has been stricken in this.
    Lovefilm UK

  • http://mambo.co.ke Kenya Best Web Hosting

    Considering that China enjoy extensive market from American consumers, US department of commerce, I am sure hammered China in all was to force it to accepting Google way of operating. The US influence on trade make it difficult for many countries to have their complete freedom. From Arab world, across Africa and Europe, US has alway dominated in business and political policies

  • http://www.ultrasuoni.us Lorenzo

    This is good news, a useful compromise for Humanity (and our future..)

  • http://javalogo.com Java

    Please let us not fool ourselves. It was never an moral issue for Google. You create “scandals” for to get the headlines. That method is very much more ancient than the Net. Like politicians do and we users are the fools while they all celebrate the victory.