This came round this morning but I I doubt if it is
Google hasn't quit Australia and they have real censorship over
there - the NZ filter is voluntary
> Found this leaked press release. Interesting reading.
> Cheers, Colin
> Google to Shutdown Search Engine in New Zealand
> Google has announced that it will close its search engine in New
> Zealand, effective April 1, 2010. This shock announcement follows
> a confession by the manager of the Censorship Compliance Unit of
> the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) Steve O'Brien
> to internet freedom campaigners Tech Liberty
> Google, still stinging from adverse publicity over its row with
> the government of China said that it is taking a "proactive
> stance" with the New Zealand government, noting the "outrageous
> subterfuge" and questionable legal practices that the New Zealand
> government has engaged in over this issue.
> While some ISPs including market leaders Telecom and TelstraClear
> have tipped that they will use the voluntary filter already
> secretly tested by ISPs Watchdog and Maxnet, other ISPs, including
> Slingshot, Orcon and Whoosh have said they will not be using the
> Google, echoing the editorial posted by New Zealand Tech Liberty,
> said that the New Zealand government has no legal mandate to
> filter the Internet, that the action violates the New Zealand Bill
> of Rights, that this move is doubtless a smokescreen to censor
> politically oriented websites the NZ government disapproves of,
> and that such filters are completely ineffective.
> "We are as opposed to child pornography as anyone", noted the
> Google spokeman who spoke on condition of anonymity. "We have a
> cozy relationship with many Western government agencies, including
> the CIA. Believe me, we do more than our part to assist law
> enforcement agencies in their search for illegal activities," he
> Google has already received complaints from the New Zealand
> government and from New Zealand ISPs. One firm's spokesman, who
> preferred to remain anonymous, complained that because of New
> Zealand's small population, it was convenient for Google to "make
> an example" of New Zealand. Google said it is "standing firm" on
> its decision to shut off its search engine in New Zealand unless
> the New Zealand government relents on its censorship plans.
> It appears rather clear now that a compromise between Google and
> New Zealand is far from arriving. Google would rather close down
> its search engine before it will compromise on illegal censorship.
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