Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tech. giants vs Chinese human rights

Rep. Chris SmithCompare and contrast these quotes from the US Congress's investigation into censorship and surveillance in China enabled by US technology giants:

"Cooperation with tyranny should not be embraced for the sake of profits" —Rep. Chris Smith

"[Censored Google] will make a meaningful, though imperfect, contribution to the overall expansion of access to information in China." —Elliot Schrage, Google

"Your abhorrent actions in China are a disgrace. I simply don't understand how your corporate leadership sleeps at night." —Rep. Tom Lantos

"It is clear that any country's legal authorities closely monitor the spread of illegal information. We have noted that the U.S. is doing a good job on this front." —Liu Zhengrong, Information Office, Chinese State Council

Urs Gasser has news on an intitiative to counter this disturbing trend.

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