Washington urged to confront China on internet censorship – AP

From the AP:

Andrew McLaughlin, senior counsel for Google, told a State Department-sponsored conference on internet freedom that his company is trying to use its “presence in countries that are restrictive to provide communication” options, such as email and blogs, for people who may not have other ways to talk to each other freely.

McLaughlin urged the US Government to fight for technology and information companies’ rights in the international trade arena.

“What we need is for censorship to be treated as a trade barrier and be put right up at the top of our agenda when it comes to bilateral” free trade agreements, McLaughlin said.

Michael Samway, deputy general counsel at Yahoo, also appealed for more action from Washington. [Full text]

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