Beijing’s New Enforcer: Microsoft – New York Times

From The New York Times:

, a group advocating press , recommends that Internet companies also adopt a good conduct code, pledging not to filter out words like “democracy” and “human rights” from search engines and maintaining their e-mail and Internet servers outside China.

Western businesses have always overestimated the of defending human rights in China. Some have done effectively – privately and respectfully – and paid no cost. But the beauty of such an industrywide code of conduct for Internet companies is that it would put no company at a disadvantage.

Western technology companies could have a powerful case if they acted as a group in telling China that they are under tremendous consumer and political pressure to stick up for .

See also: China, Still Winning Against the Web by TOM ZELLER Jr. on New York Times.

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