China censors strike Again
First google, now choogling
New search engine specific to China, (www.choogling.com), launched to fill the void left by google’s departure, has now been blocked, and the site hacked!
According to Mao Ze Wrong, one of the developers of the search engine, choogling has no plans to retreat to Hong Kong or move its operations outside of China. “Choogling was developed in and for China. We remain 100 percent committed to China and serving the Chinese netizens.”
Choogling was launched in beta test mode early this month, but quickly attracted hundreds of millions of China-specific searches in China. The name was suggestive of a blend of China + googling = choogling. But choogling actually comes from “chu-ge,” (the sounds of a people surrounded by enemies) and “ling” (clever, as in response to a sharp insult).
More details at: http://chinareallysucks.com/Site/New_Stuff/Entries/2010/4/23_China_censors_say%3A_No_More_Choogling_.html
Congratulations on a great story. It's interesting to see which government agencies asked to remove content or provide data on specific users. The surprise is that nations purporting democracy and freedom of speech are the worst offenders. It also suggests that anyone using Google should remember search requests live on a log somewhere. Keep up the good work.
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