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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:21 PM
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Western Internet firms "act as censors" in China
BEIJING (Reuters) - A rights group accused Western Internet companies on Thursday of complicity with censorship in China and called on Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) to resist Beijing's demands.

New York-based Human Rights Watch called the blocking of politically sensitive Web sites and search terms "arbitrary, opaque and unaccountable" and urged the publicly traded firms to be upfront with their users about censorship.

"It was ironic that companies whose existence depends on freedom of information and expression have taken on the role of censor, even in cases where the Chinese government makes no specific demands for them to do so," the group said in a report.

The report was the latest in a wave of criticism against Western Internet companies operating in China, which are accused of compromising their principles by censoring searches and blog titles and blocking politically sensitive terms in order do to business in the world's number-two Internet market.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/china_internet_dc
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 10:28 PM
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1. Privatizing totalitarianism?
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 10:30 PM by kenny blankenship
Once they begin to do it abroad, it won't be long before they start doing it here.
Sort of like the CIA and assassinations.
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