John Paczkowski

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Google: Actually, We’re Not Blocked in China

Evidently Google’s Mainland China Service Availability page is not the best indicator of the availability of the company’s mainland China services. Though that page at the moment shows Google’s Web search, YouTube, mobile and ads as blocked in the country, they are in fact available–as a number of China-based Twitter users will tell you.

Why the discrepancy? “Because of the way we measure accessibility in China, it’s possible that our machines could overestimate the level of blockage,” a Google spokesperson told me. “That seems to be what happened last night when there was a relatively small blockage. It appears now that users in China are accessing our properties normally.”

An earlier version of this post noted that Google’s Mainland China Service Availability page inexplicably showed a number of the company’s services as blocked in China.


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December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik