Cisco Systems Denies Online Censorship Role in China

From AP:

A Systems Inc. executive told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that comments in an internal document about China’s goal to “combat” a religious group did not reflect the company’s views on censorship.

The PowerPoint presentation, which described China’s technology status, included a slide that referred to goals to stop network-related crimes, guarantee the security and services of a public network and “combat ‘Falun Gong’ evil religion and other hostiles.” Falun Gong is a spiritual movement banned by the Chinese government, which considers it a dangerous cult.

“In no case does the document propose that any Cisco products be provided to facilitate the political goals of the government and no reference to applications of our products to the goals of censorship or monitoring,” Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler told the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on human rights and the law.

Read also Leaked Cisco Document Revives Debate Over US Tech Firms’ Role In Enabling Repressive Regimes by Sarah Lai Stirland, and Senators weigh new laws over China online censorship by Anne Broache.

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