China Censor: Firefox Script Pokes Google in Eye

Google China censorship with greasemonkeyA new greasemonkey script called Evil Google Logo replaces the normal Google logo with one created by Students for a Free Tibet. Boing Boing’s write-up:

“Your coverage of Evil Google has inspired me to write my first piece of Javascript. It is a greasemonkey script for Firefox which, when installed by a willing user, will swap the Google logo with the Students for a Free Tibet version. Tested on google.ca, google.com, and google.co.uk. If you swap a line in the script, it will work on google.cn instead. I’m not clever enough to have it work for both at the same time.”

Personally, I’d change the script to just show it for google.cn. Anyways, it seems the bad press and blog mentions are still in full force, so while a boycott may be one option for some, the sheer number of sites now mentioning Chinese censorship of Google are probably now under scrutiny and that can only mean one thing: a more crippled google.cn

Think about it, would you use a search engine where half the blogosphere is cleanly stripped out?

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

8 Comments
  1. “Think about it, would you use a search engine where half the blogosphere is cleanly stripped out?”

    What if you didn’t have a choice? Point me to a search engine that’s freely available in China which doesn’t filter search results and allows users to access sites blocked by the Chinese government. Oh wait – that’s technically impossible if you’re connecting from behind a Chinese gov’t proxy server.

  2. “Think about it, would you use a search engine where half the blogosphere is cleanly stripped out?”

    No, but it doesn’t strip it for Americans, eh? I’m not in China, I don’t use Google.cn. If I were chinese, perhaps I would not use google.cn.

  3. I suspected people would start hacking on this issue. My challenge is for someone to come up with a good plan to circumvent the entire Chinese filtration system so people in China have access to full and free information.