China Defends Right to Police Internet
February 16, 2006 6:44 PM
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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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2/17/2006 10:29:54 AM
"I may be wrong here… you have no place or right to tell another government/country what is right or wrong."
No, but their are things that ARE wrong, no matter what government does them.
One is censorship, or in other words, controlling the known world to those affected.
"If you don’t like it, don’t go live in or visit China. If a Chinese citizen doesn’t like it, they can leave."
Leave? visit? no, and more no, because the government said so, thats why.
"The problem with America and the majority of Americans is that they can believe they can interject their own cultural views and dictate the social and political norms of another country."
No, this is the problem with communist chinas government. It has decided this for its citizens, all without any input or knowledge of its people of any sort...
The real problem is people like you who think having your own country gives you right to crimes against humanity.
"The simple fact of the matter is this: China is a sovereign nation and has every right to decide what their citizens can and cannot view."
No, it does not, and never will. Its people have the right to choose what they can and cannot do, not an out-of-control communist regime with arguably no support from its citizens, they didnt vote for their government, how do we know they want it? because theyre government said so?...
...give me a break.
2/17/2006 2:32:31 PM
I may be an asshole for saying this, but it doesn’t seem that Chinese citizens are too interested in freedom or they would have had a revolution by now. I guess I just think that the only people that deserve freedom and liberty are the ones that are willing to fight and die for it. I am sorry if that hurts your feelings.
America had a revolution over a tax being to high. You are going to tell me that the chinese aren't willing to revolt over being enslaved?
2/17/2006 7:07:59 PM
The national economy is thundering ahead at an unprecedented growth rate several times that of the US, there is cheap medical care so you don't have to pay an arm and a leg to see the doctor, and with only knifes at their side, do you really think there's going to be an uprising?
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