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Google, Gates Respond to China Censorship Flap

Yesterday I blogged saying Shame on Google for giving in and included Rebecca MacKinnon’s reaction showing how institutionalizing censorship is dangerous for everyone.

Here is Google’s response to the flap.

And Bill Gates defending Google by saying, the Internet:

“is contributing to Chinese political engagement” as “access to the outside world is preventing more censorship”.

But the article also says:

All three of largest internet companies – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – have been fiercely criticised by human rights groups for toeing China’s line on restrictions of free speech.

This week, Google created controversy when it entered the Chinese market on Beijing’s terms. Writing on Times Online today, Irene Khan, the secretary-general of Amnesty International, said that Google had “reinforced the trend in the IT industry of kowtowing to Chinese demands of censorship”.

She said: “Last year, Yahoo provided the Chinese with details leading to the arrest and sentencing of a journalist; Microsoft has barred a blog critical of the government and launched a portal blocking the use of words such as ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’. Now Google has weeded out websites that China does not like.”

One Response to “Google, Gates Respond to China Censorship Flap”

  1. PJNet Today Says:

    What It Looks Like When Google Helps Censors

    Go here to see what it looks like, when Google aids censorship. My earlier comments are here and here….