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On Wednesday Republicans and Democrats in Congress rebuked Microsoft for participating in Chinese censorship. Bill Gates, company founder defends the decision, stating, "You've got to decide. Do you want to obey the laws of the countries you're in, or not?"

Chinese people show their appreciation for Google's decision to stand up to their government's censorship.  (Source: Guardian UK)
Rep. Smith, R-N.J.:"They [Microsoft] need to get on the right side of human rights rather than enabling tyranny, which they're doing right now."

There has been much talk about Google's decision to pull out of China while Microsoft has remained directly complicit in Chinese internet censorship.  Today a bipartisan U.S. Congressional panel praised Google's actions, while admonishing Microsoft.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D warned, "China wants to participate in the marketplace of goods but keep the marketplace of ideas outside their country.  Only when China respects human rights and allows the free flow of ideas ... only then will they be treated as a full member of the international community."

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J. praised Google, commenting that the company's decision to uncensor its Chinese search was "a remarkable, historic and welcomed action."

GoDaddy, the popular domain registration service, also was praised by Rep. Smith for pulling out of China due to privacy violations.  Microsoft, however, received a rebuke from the Representative.  He stated, "They [Microsoft] need to get on the right side of human rights rather than enabling tyranny, which they're doing right now."

Microsoft insists it is merely following the local law.  A company statement read, "We appreciate that different companies may make different decisions based on their own experiences and views.  At Microsoft we remain committed to advancing free expression through active engagement in over 100 countries, even as we comply with the laws in every country in which we operate."

The statement echoes the words of Microsoft former CEO, co-founder, and renowned philanthropist Bill Gates, who in January remarked, "You've got to decide.  Do you want to obey the laws of the countries you're in, or not?"

China agrees.  Its China's State Council Information Office comments, "Foreign companies need to abide by China's laws when they operate in China.  Google violated it's promise."

The issue is made more complex by the fact that Google has in the past censored search results in other countries, such as Thailand, Turkey, France [see the Wikipedia page on Google's past censorship for more info].  Google has made no suggestion that it will reject censorship in the future.  Nonetheless, its uncensoring of its Chinese search is perhaps the highest profile example of defiance against online censorship in terms of number of people affected.

Microsoft, on the other hand, says it is opposed to Chinese censorship, but continues to participate in it.  It enjoys a wonderful opportunity to capture more of China's close to 400 million internet users with Google out of the picture

A new law may make it more embarrassing for Microsoft to stay this course.  The Global Online Freedom Act, a bipartisan initiative pending in Congress, would force U.S. firms to disclose what materials they are censoring in foreign nations -- including China -- in effect airing search firms' dirty laundry to the public.

Back in China, the government imposed backlash against Google picked up in earnest with China Unicom and other business officially giving the Google search engine the boot.  China Unicom, the nation's second largest carrier, did not announce and immediate replacement.  It has been speculated that it may stop selling Android handsets or at least stop releasing new models, however, those claims have yet to be validated.  It seems clear, however, that the Chinese government is infuriated and Google will likely face more repercussions in coming weeks.



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By MrJustin5 on 3/25/2010 3:06:03 PM , Rating: -1
So why does it surprise anyone that Mickey$oft, I mean "Microsoft" goes right along with this? Of COURSE they support a brutal dictatorship. The USA and United Nations has given more awards to China than any other country on earth - all for their brutal dictatorship, the murder, the one child policies, etc etc.

China has Mobile Execution Vans that they use to kill people on the way to the airport to harvest their organs and sell it overseas. Don't believe me? Google it and research it for yourself.

Someone commits a minor crime in the USA? 2 or 4 years in jail. In China? They take you out back and blow your head off. Just google the phrase "dehumanization in china" and you'll see the disgusting pictures for yourself. Dead bodies in pits out behind a large wall. Women with their heads blown off nothing but the lower jaw and neck remaining.

And Good ol' Microsoft which was created by IBM to get around Anti-trust laws. Micrsoft is a eugenics front. They send $50 to $60 BILLION dollars to "humanitarian efforts" such as vaccines which STERILIZE and cause miscarriages whoever they vaccinate. Dont believe me? Research it for yourself.

These guys are all on the same side. Of course microsoft wouldn't make any waves against a tyrannical government like China.

The USA and other nations are turning into a country like China. The SWAT teams, the LRAD sound-cannons used against peaceful protestors and bystandards at the G20 in Pittsburgh. The totally fascist takeover by banks in the USA. The loss of freedom, civil rights, bill of rights and freedom of speech... where do you think this is headed?

If you couch-potato computer nerd WIMPS don't wake up your fellow friends and family and neighbors, we'll end up like China. That is not a possibility - that is a FACT unless you stand up for your freedom.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The exact level of tyranny that you're going to live under, is the level of tyranny you put up with."
- Thomas Jefferson

Go watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-CrNlilZho




By MadMan007 on 3/25/2010 3:13:31 PM , Rating: 5
Cool story, bro.


By eddieroolz on 3/25/2010 3:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
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The USA and other nations are turning into a country like China. The SWAT teams, the LRAD sound-cannons used against peaceful protestors and bystandards at the G20 in Pittsburgh.


Since when has a G20/G8/WTO summit protest been peaceful? There are always a group of anarchists ruining it for everyone else. So I'd suppose you'd rather have the anarchists vandalize everything than be controlled by riot police?

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And Good ol' Microsoft which was created by IBM to get around Anti-trust laws. Micrsoft is a eugenics front. They send $50 to $60 BILLION dollars to "humanitarian efforts" such as vaccines which STERILIZE and cause miscarriages whoever they vaccinate. Dont believe me? Research it for yourself.


I just completely lol'd at this one.
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These guys are all on the same side. Of course microsoft wouldn't make any waves against a tyrannical government like China.


Buddy, if anyone is good at collaborating with the Chinese government, it would be Apple, my friend. Just look at Apple's corporate policy, structure, and history and you'll realize what I mean.


By Taft12 on 3/25/2010 4:50:51 PM , Rating: 2
Since when has a G20/G8/WTO summit protest been peaceful? There are always a group of anarchists ruining it for everyone else. So I'd suppose you'd rather have the anarchists vandalize everything than be controlled by riot police?

It's not always the anarchists. I'm ashamed this happened in my country, but undercover police did some very dangerous "undercover work" in the midst of protesters gathered when Harper, Bush and Calderon met for a Canada/US/Mexico summit.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/08/23/police-m...

Those sure don't look like cops to me... The boots gave them away.


By Sazabi19 on 3/25/2010 3:38:59 PM , Rating: 2
Holy shit dude... really? I think someone forgot to take their meds for while... calm down and go see a shrink or something.


By Reclaimer77 on 3/25/2010 4:58:40 PM , Rating: 1
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And Good ol' Microsoft which was created by IBM to get around Anti-trust laws. Micrsoft is a eugenics front. They send $50 to $60 BILLION dollars to "humanitarian efforts" such as vaccines which STERILIZE and cause miscarriages whoever they vaccinate. Dont believe me? Research it for yourself.


Wow man..just..wow lol

wacko alert !!!


By thurston on 3/25/2010 9:03:18 PM , Rating: 3
I can't believe you just called someone a wacko.


By damianrobertjones on 3/26/2010 7:36:43 AM , Rating: 1
The company I work for has a manufacturing plant in China. Shall we also pull out as we're ALSO supporting this type of thing?????


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