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Kazakhstan tries to force Google to open local server farm

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Google is resisting Kazakhstan government requests to have searches on done on servers located in the former communist state.

In a statement on Google’s official blog, Bill Coughran, Google’s senior vice president for research & systems infrastructure, said it was told last month that all .kz domain names, such as, had to operate on physical servers within the borders of that country.

This  meant that Google would have to route all searches on to servers inside Kazakhstan, he said. Presently Google handles all search requests the fastest way possible, regardless of national boundaries.

“If we were to operate only via servers located inside Kazakhstan, we would be helping to create a fractured internet. So we have decided to redirect users that visit to in Kazakh. Unfortunately, this means that Kazakhstani users will experience a reduction in search quality as results will no longer be customised for Kazakhstan,” he said.


Written by Br0kenTeleph0n3

2011/06/09 at 00:42

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