Kazakhstan tries to force Google to open local server farm
Google is resisting Kazakhstan government requests to have searches on google.kz 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 google.kz, had to operate on physical servers within the borders of that country.
This meant that Google would have to route all searches on google.kz 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 google.kz only via servers located inside Kazakhstan, we would be helping to create a fractured internet. So we have decided to redirect users that visit google.kz to google.com 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.