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Google talks about operating in China – K. Oanh Ha

From the Mercury News (link): Google’s research chief said the search giant and other technology firms with Chinese operations are discussing a code of principles to address censorship and protection of people’s privacy in repressive countries. At Santa Clara University Monday night, Peter Norvig, Google’s director of research, provided some insight into the internal debates […]

Logging Off On China – Robert B. Reich.

From CBS News (link): The Republican chairman of the House subcommittee on human rights calls it a “sickening collaboration.” A leading Democrat says it’s a “disgrace,” and asks how the companies’ chief executives can sleep at night. They’re talking about American internet companies who are helping the Chinese government suppress free speech in China: Cisco […]

China’s Internet media calls for self-discipline – China Daily

From The China Daily (link): A big majority of China’s Internet-based media representatives have called for strengthening self-discipline in order to ensure a smooth and healthy ascent of China’s Web business, and to facilitate information dissemination. Chief executives from China’s overseas-listed Internet firms, and sector experts said at a seminar in Hainan that the fact […]

Breaking China – Here’s how to solve Google’s Beijing problem – Jacob Weisberg

From Slate (link): In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Bill Gates dropped an interesting idea about how the U.S. government might help businesses avoid becoming accessories to political repression in China: “I think something like the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has been a resounding success in terms of very clearly outlining what companies […]

The Internet and the ‘Axis of (Censored)’ – John McCain and Jon Kyl

From USA Today (link): The Internet and the ‘Axis of (Censored)’ During Ukraine’s Orange Revolution, the Pora youth movement mobilized thousands of demonstrators to protest fraudulent elections. In the revolution’s aftermath, Pora’s leaders were asked what single element was central to the movement’s role in Ukraine’s democratic transition. Was it money? International assistance? Trained organizers? […]

Tear down China’s great firewall – Clarence Page

From The Salt Lake Tribune (link): As one who believes in the liberating powers of information technologies, I hope the Internet companies won’t wait for government intrusion. I hope they will take it upon themselves to use their considerable leverage to stand up to China’s cyber-censors and tear down what many are calling the “Great […]

“Enough Shame to Go Around in China” – Joe Nocera

From the New York Times, via The Peking Duck: I have a few simple questions,” the congressman said, scowling at the four witnesses before him. “Can you say, in plain English, that you are ashamed of what you and the other companies have done?” The witnesses ” sacrificial lambs, really ” were representing four of […]

China’s Cyberdissidents and the Yahoos at Yahoo – Nicholas Kristof

From The New York Times, via The Peking Duck: Suppose that Anne Frank had maintained an e-mail account while in hiding in 1944, and that the Nazis had asked Yahoo for cooperation in tracking her down. It seems, based on Yahoo’s behavior in China, that it might have complied. Granted, China is not remotely Nazi […]

U.S. Firms Balance Morality, Commerce - Philip P. Pan

From The Washington Post: A congressional hearing in Washington last week focused attention on the practices of four U.S. Internet companies doing business in China — Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Cisco Systems — amid mounting criticism that they are making money in the world’s second-largest market of Internet users at the expense […]

Q&A: Congressman Tom Lantos – Red Herring

From Red Herring: Representative Tom Lantos, whose district includes part of Silicon Valley, has been an outspoken critic of Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Cisco regarding their businesses in China… Rep. Lantos (D-California), a Holocaust survivor and human rights advocate, told the companies in a House of Representatives subcommittee on Wednesday, “Your abhorrent activities in China […]

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