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Now that the US government is getting involved, it has some people wondering why any government is involved in the first place

Everyone has something to say about privacy issues and whether or not Yahoo and Google should censor material for the Chinese government.  Earlier today, Chinese officials argued that it has the right to police the Internet in any way that it deems appropriate for the citizens of China.  This statement comes a day after four companies spoke in front of Congress on charges that blame the companies for helping limit free speech in return for market access.      

Yahoo, Google, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft were recently grilled at a congressional hearing about human-rights violations and censorship because of various decisions made by each company.  It has been well known that China is notorious for censoring and arresting users that don't abide by the strict rules that the government has put in place.  Specifically, Google is under fire from critics for bowing down and agreeing to censor content so the company is allowed to do business in China.  Microsoft is blamed for removing a blog that was too critical of the government.  Yahoo allegedly gave information to the government which led to a crackdown on Chinese citizens and journalists.   

With some analysts speculating that the number of Internet search users in China may increase from 100 million to 187 million people by 2007, we should become acclimated to the possibility that more companies will do whatever the Chinese government wishes in return for open market access.

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wtf is US doing?
By NerV04 on 2/16/2006 7:48:33 PM , Rating: 1
i think the US should really stop meddling with other countries buisness. If china wants to prohibit its citizens from seeing something, its thier choice. Also what companies do in other countries should be the companies own decision i beleive. Not all countries is like america. So leave them be!

RE: wtf is US doing?
By rudy on 2/16/2006 8:01:33 PM , Rating: 3
I think you should stop meddling in the USAs business, if the USA wants to punish a company for something its thier choice, Also what the US government does with its companies is thier own decision. The US is not like all other countries, so leave them be!

RE: wtf is US doing?
By latrosicarius on 2/16/2006 8:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
No, it's not the US's place to approve or disapprove of what INTERNATIONAL companies are doing. Only the CHINESE corporate components is bending to China's whims.

Now, I'm all for the US of A, and I think China is a dumbf*** but still, our government should not be involved in essentially a foreign company's affairs. If we have a problem with what China is doing, then we should confront their GOVERNMENT face to face... not be like "hey U.S. Google, make your China side do what we say or we will fine you b/c we are too pus*** to yell at China ourselves."

RE: wtf is US doing?
By Griswold on 2/17/2006 9:35:55 AM , Rating: 2
International companies? Foreign companies? You do realize that all the listed corporations have their world HQ's inside the USA, do you? The vast majority of their money is in the US as well as their employees. So if you want to bite them, bite them where it hurts.

RE: wtf is US doing?
By Griswold on 2/17/2006 9:32:33 AM , Rating: 2
Wrong. I dont like how china is handling the situation. Theres nothing I can do about it besides voicing my opinion. But I also dont like how these companies suck up to the chinese government only to cash in on the big boom over there - this is where we, at least you americans, can do something and better damn well do so.

They grew big on our collective back because we live in a so called free part of the world - and now they help a regime to suppress their citizen only to grow even bigger - this feels like a slap to the face and I'm not even a US citizen.

Your congress should turn up the heat on them and grill em some more, so the media wont drop this topic too fast. Bad PR is the best pressure you can put on corporate giants.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

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