Bill Gates Says Net Censorship Will Fail

During a speech at Stanford University, told students that economic concerns will ultimately defeat China’s attempts to censor the Internet.

China has grappled with the issue of in recent years, and Corp., along with several other U.S. companies, has come under fire for aiding in that effort. In late 2005, shut down the blog of journalist Zhao Jing, also known as Michael Anti, when he blogged about a newspaper strike in the country.

In the long run, free speech will win out, Gates said.

It will be driven by requirements. Restrictions on free speech will curtail activity, and so commercial forces will work against censorship, Gates said. “If your country wants to have a developed economy … you basically have to open up the Internet,” he said.

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