Google Censorship in China

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Our planet is ruled by technology. For many people texting is as natural as breathing and children know how to use a computer properly by the age of ten. Letters are only written at Christmas and even then many people prefer an e-letter. Technology has changed our lives entirely. It often can have a bad influence. Kids don’t spend as much time outside anymore because they prefer playing videogames. Social contacts are often made through the internet rather than in person. But this can also be a benefit. Last year one out of eight married couples in the U.S. met on the internet. The internet has brought us boundless possibilities. We can communicate with friends that are miles away, without having to wait months for a letter to arrive. We can look for information and find what we are looking for in less than a minute. There are 2.7 billion searches performed on Google each month. To whom were these questions addressed before Google or other search engines were invented?

Finding information on the internet is not only really convenient, but most jobs rely on the ability to do so. Even students depend on the ability to search for information on the Internet. I wouldn’t have been able to write this paper without databases like Wikipedia. I even consider it a person’s right to be able to find information on the internet. I believe someone has the right to know what is going on in the world. However this basic “right” has been taken away in China for a certain time period. In 1998 a project called “Golden Shield Project”, also known as “Great Firewall in China” was started by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS), a division of the government of China. The goal part of the project was the ability to block content from internet databases. search results were filtered and the Chinese government restricted citizens to other popular search engines like “Altavista” and “Yahoo!”. Important historical, or sometimes current events were censored. Sites supporting...
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