Internet watchdogs say a new code of conduct for businesses operating in countries that restrict free speech leaves many questions unanswered.
“The biggest challenges facing the operation of these guidelines will come from China,” said Xiao Qiang, editor of China Digital Times and director of the UC-Berkeley China Internet project, which researches how the Internet affects China’s media and politics. “We will have to see how China will respond to it.”
Xiao called the initiative, developed by Internet giants Yahoo Inc., Google Inc., and Microsoft Corp., a positive step in guiding U.S. and international Internet companies.
But he added that business practices in countries with strong censorship would likely remain unchanged.