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Apparently BrainFuel isn’t a political blog

Google just launched the filtered version of Google for the folks in China. Check it out and see if your favorite site is filtered. One thing I’m not sure about is whether the filtering happens on the site or on Chinese turf.

Whether that’s the case or not I am here to report that BrainFuel is currently NOT, I repeat that, NOT being filtered by the Chinese Government. Should this status change you’ll be the first to hear (or maybe you won’t)… insert evil laugh.

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P.S. Note that beautiful Beta stamp next to our name. Google must know something we don’t know.

Update: Did anybody notice how this was released late on a Friday? That’s a signal that Google wants to keep this low profile. Because half as many people use computers on weekends as they do on weekdays and once Monday roles around this will be old news. Translation: Less blogs will talk about it.

Further update: Someone else found a way to see the dramatic difference in Google China vs Google Rest of the Free Planet. Pretty striking. In one way I can see some hope in what Google is doing. The spread of information does help facilitate freedom and quite possibly 5 years, or 10 years down the road there will be a revolt in China. Information is power.

By Chris Tingom

Principal of Tornado Design, a Phoenix, AZ based web consultancy

3 replies on “Apparently BrainFuel isn’t a political blog”

I am beginning to think that the filtering appears on mainland China because several political sites like DrudgeReport.com or WorldMag.com or even Whitehouse.gov appear in search results.

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