Full Interview: Rebecca MacKinnon on Google's "new approach to China"

Earlier this week, Google announced its new approach to China.

We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.

This was in response to cyber attacks originating from within China. One goal of these attacks was to obtain access to Gmail accounts belonging to Chinese human rights activists.

For her take on this, Nora talked to Rebecca MacKinnon. Rebecca was formerly CNN's Beijing correspondent, and is currently a fellow with the Open Society Institute. She's currently working on a book about freedom and the internet age.

A shorter version of this interview will air on Spark 99, but you can download the MP3. [runs 29:07]

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