Thursday, April 05, 2007

Funds speak out to press Google on freedom of expression

The New York State Pension Funds have used their shares in Google to press the company to give a higher priority to human rights:

The funds outlined a six-point agenda in the proxy demanding that Google should not host user information in countries that restrict internet usage, such as Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The group also demands that Google should pledge not to engage in censorship, using all means at its disposal to fight government demands to restrict access to certain information.

I've written a book chapter on Internet censorship that will be published this summer. If you can't wait that long, you can see a pre-publication copy here

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