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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RE: How dare they
2/18/2006 7:11:53 PM
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.
"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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