Google Goof – Perils of Case-Sensitivity in Censorship…

Edit/Synopsis: A bug exists in the code that Google uses to enforce censorship of its recently announced Chinese service; the trivial bug – that search-strings with Capitalised Words generate uncensored output – could provide a (presumably temporary) mechanism for Chinese nationals to bypass their government censorship.

Simon Phipps just messaged me: (window grabs added infix for illustration)

Try this:
http://images.google.cn/images?q=Tiananmen
versus:
http://images.google.cn/images?q=tiananmen

So this is what censorship looks like in China:

And this is what the rest of the world sees:

…and so it looks like Google’s [2006-era] pro-China censorship keyword list is in all-lowercase, and the text matching is case-sensitive.

Oopsie. Enjoy the liberation whilst you can, citizens!

Pictures From “Operation Enduring Freedom”

Something I stumbled over when Googling :- [www.bragg.army.mil]