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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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RE: How dare they
By vxmqzz on 2/17/2006 3:40:16 PM , Rating: 2
Most sites blocked by google are anti-Chinese government organizations, extremenists, porn sites. And today's china is not 40 years ago, culture revolution is a past. Although the government is run by a communist party, a lot of things are just like USA. Compared to the past, people are enjoying more freedom now, part of this is due the internet. I think China is making progress. Remember that China has a 2 thousand year tradition of dictation, it takes time. One more thing, when talking about another country, we'd better compare the current situation to the past of that country, then compare it to other countries.


RE: How dare they
By Christopher1 on 2/18/2006 7:11:53 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, no they don't have a 2,000 year history of dictatorship. In China, the Emperor was ALWAYS held in check by the people who ran the prefectures, if they didn't like something he was doing, it didn't get done.
If he pushed, he had a good chance of being killed and having someone else ascend to the throne.

China has actually gotten WORSE for human rights in the past few years, because everyone is afraid of pushing them for fear of losing their investments in that country.
Look at the re-writing of history they are trying to do with the Tienanamen square thing (excuse any misspelling).
They are trying to rewrite Chinese history to say it never happpened, and that they didn't kill a bunch of helpless people.


"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)











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