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    How exactly does turning off censorship of results make their network more secure if it truly has been attacked?

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    Apparently, according to their blog, Google isn’t “turning off censorship” to make their network more secure. They are simply re-evaluating their uncomfortable relationship with the government of China.

    The situation prior to this hack attempt was that China *allowed* Google to operate relatively freely within their country *because* Google grudgingly agreed to censor some of their search results according to rules laid out by the Chinese government. Google did so because they wanted to have a web presence in China, as it is one of, if not *the* world’s largest market.

    But now, if it is to be assumed that the Chinese government was responsible for the hack attempt, Google is saying, “We played by your rules and you f**ked us.” As a result, Google is now re-thinking their relationship with the Chinese government, and is willing to go so far as to meet with Chinese officials to try to make an arrangement where Google will no longer need to censor results.

    According to Google’s blog, if their attempts at negotiating a censor-free result set fail, they are willing to completely stop all forms of cooperation with the Chinese government’s demands, and just let anyone in China who can surf Google just as the rest of the free world does … uncensored.

    What this means, in the absence of an agreement with the Chinese government, is that Google will be blocked entirely by the Great Firewall, and no longer will be available to Chinese citizens.

    Google is making a statement that they will no longer suffer under the obscene demands of the Chinese government, and they are sacrificing anywhere from $300M to $600M per year and their position as the #2 search engine in that country to do so. It’s pretty compelling.