Google and China, continued: Congress examines U.S. investment in Chinese censorship

Rebecca MacKinnon writes,

In his latest blog post, Google's Chief Legal Officer David Drummond reports that Chinese authorities aren't happy with the automatic redirection of to Hong Kong. They are threatening not to renew Google's Internet Content Provider license, which is required to legally operate any kind of Internet business in China. In an attempt to thread the legal needle, Drummond says will now lead to a landing page which – if you click anywhere on that page – takes the user to the uncensored This is Google's convoluted way of adjusting so that it remains technically in compliance with Chinese law while still sending Chinese users to an uncensored site. Now they just have to click through an extra page to get to the results.

It's unclear whether this will be acceptable to the Chinese authorities. It really depends on how secure or insecure they're feeling these days. In the meantime, the new landing page is a signal to Chinese users that they may want to remember just in case ceases to work, or update their browser bookmark.

What will happen next?  Any one of four scenarios is possible…

Google's China troubles continue; Congress examines U.S. investment in Chinese censorship (rconversation)