Cisco Systems Document Cites China Censorship Goal

From AP:

A Senate subcommittee on Tuesday is expected to question a Systems Inc. executive about an internal 2002 document that includes a reference to censoring “hostiles” in describing the Chinese government’s technology position and goals.

Representatives from Cisco, Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. are expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary’s human rights subcommittee, which is examining how U.S. Internet companies do business with certain governments, like China, Iran and Tunisia, that censor and suppress the free speech of their citizens. The committee is chaired by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Cisco spokesman Terry Alberstein confirmed that the 90-page PowerPoint presentation – which was obtained by The Associated Press – will likely be probed by lawmakers, but he denied that the San Jose, Calif.-based company is involved in any censorship with the Chinese government.

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