China, the Internet & Human Rights – a long analysis – Rebecca MacKinnon

From RConversation:

Amnesty International has released a report titled “Undermining Freedom of Expression in China.” (Click here for the FULL REPORT (503.5K PDF).) The report lays out an argument for the way in which Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google “have, through their actions, directly and admittedly contradicted their values and shared policies” by complying with Chinese government censorship policies – and in one case, surveillance demands. Amnesty makes a compelling argument that these three companies “are facilitating and sanctioning government censorship rather than challenging it,” and suggests concrete steps that these companies “can and should take to enable them to act in accordance with international human rights norms.” [Full text]


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