Monday, January 30, 2006

Hack Google China

It turns out it’s entirely possible to hack Google China, and remove censorship. By replacing “&meta;=” with “&meta;=cr%3DcountryBR” in the URL. This removes all censorship and allows full access to all search results. It will be interesting to see whether Google responds by removing the ‘bug’ as quickly as possible, or drags its feet in creating a fix. It is clear that there will be many cases like this, with people finding ways to circumvent the system or there being doubt about what to censor. As I discussed here, if Google does slow down the process of rectifying these ‘problems’, they will be doing the chinese people a great service, and could concievably render censorship unworkable.

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