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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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Resistance is futile
By qwertynerd on 2/16/2006 10:18:25 PM , Rating: 3
#1 - Globalization on all fronts is inevitable. Anyone who doubts this is either in denial or has never been on the Internet recently.

#2 - If China wants to censor the Internet, great. It's not the US's job to censor (government and corporations, inclusive). I know it's easier said than done in reality, however we need to tell China to screw off (in more tactful terms, of course) and "batten down" their firewalls and content filters. We (the US) are selling our souls and fundamental values of freedom by buckling to profit and investment concerns (a very similar domestic and alarming concern unto itself in the US, especially considering very recent US history).

#3 - Look at China's history since the 1850's - chock full of strife, human rights violations (yes, much more than the US of perfect A), and revolution. Approx. 1.2 billion people will not and cannot be wrong in the long run.

If the Chinese government does not soon learn from their past mistakes, they will soon be overthrown, that is unless the US ends up selling out completely and supporting them. It's no secret that billions of US $ have already been invested in China with increasing amounts following every day. Could it be the ultra-rich executives of Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft leading this charge? (Hmmmm . . . if you had billions of $ in your bank account, what would you do with that money?) This is what we should be terrified of happening ultimately, for our sake and for the sake of the Chinese people.

BTW, the last paragraph of the article greatly saddens and scares me the most. Reread it a few times if you don't catch my drift.




RE: Resistance is futile
By tjr508 on 2/17/2006 5:09:27 AM , Rating: 2
Just how are "we" as a nation selling our soles and values?

Last time I checked, google and the US government were two separate entities.

Google's job is to make money. China will have over a quarter million internet users in a couple years. Google will do what it takes to reach those quarter million people simple as that.

I know recent events make this hard to believe (unless they really are for our safety), but globalization is not exactly a national value as far as me and others are concerned.

Finally, there is no way in hell China will be overthrown without the world coming to an abrupt end as we know it. Their government is changing its ways quick quickly in the scope of things. Freedom is still a new concept to the government there and they must take it step by step. I'm sorry you are not going to get that bloody revolution you are calling for.


RE: Resistance is futile
By epadilla19 on 2/17/2006 10:39:10 AM , Rating: 2
"Finally, there is no way in hell China will be overthrown without the world coming to an abrupt end as we know it. Their government is changing its ways quick quickly in the scope of things. Freedom is still a new concept to the government there and they must take it step by step. I'm sorry you are not going to get that bloody revolution you are calling for."

If anything other than absolute government control is instituted than it is being overthrown, as it is the foundation for communism. No one called for a revolution, but rather warned of one. Read before you respond.


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