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Friday, February 17, 2006

8. Google Stuck At The Firewall

EFY Times
Friday, February 17, 2006

The champion of a free world, Google, has finally submitted to the Asian
giant -- China.
Friday, February 17, 2006: The intensity of opposition that we see today
demonstrates what Google has been to the world. A symbol of freedom which
emerged from nowhere and became a force. But the manner in which Google has
made compromises in China is alarming.

The first spark of the volcano was the step by Google to put up a censored
Chinese language version of its search engine,, whose content
is controlled by the Chinese government -- which is not known for its
democratic values. Google has agreed to expunge all references to democracy,
human rights, one-child norm, the Dalai Lama and Tibetan issues, Taiwan
independence and the 1989 Tiananmen Square killings. Google has gone even
further in supporting Chinese government propaganda for search requests on
those controversial issues.

China has 30,000 Internet police who keep track of online activities, and
overseas companies have to abide by the nation's rules to operate there.

While there are protests all around the globe condemning Google's approach
on the issue, now, U.S. lawmakers have joined the row and accused technology
majors, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Cisco for helping China's government
crack down on political unrest by censoring their Web sites.

The lawmakers said U.S. companies have allowed Beijing to use their
technologies to censor the Web and crush political dissent.

The New York Times says Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco Systems came
under fire at a House human rights hearing on Wednesday for what a
subcommittee chairman called a 'sickening collaboration' with the Chinese
government that was 'decapitating the voice of the dissidents' there. The
statements by the chairman, representative Christopher Smith, Republican of
New Jersey, opened a much-anticipated session aimed at getting an accounting
of the companies' dealings in China, and to air criticism that they do
business there at the peril of human rights.

They also showed concern around the sale of Internet hardware that the
Chinese government has used in surveillance of its online population, as
well as the role of American companies in providing information leading to
the imprisonment of Chinese citizens for online activity that in the West
would be considered free speech.

MSN also came under fire late last year for shutting down the Web site of a
popular blogger in Beijing on orders from the Chinese authorities. Despite
this, Jack Krumholtz, managing director of federal government affairs and
associate general counsel for Microsoft suggested, "There's more opportunity
for communication and freedom of expression as a result of our services and
other services, and we expect that trend to continue."

No problem with what Krumholtz said, but what if all that is happening in
China becomes 'that trend?'

Articles in this Issue:
  1. A figure to be followed - Haaretz Editorial
  2. Dalai Lama calls for nuclear-free world
  3. Dalai Lama seeks unofficial contacts with Hamas
  4. Burning the animal skin revolution sparked in Tibet
  5. China braces itself to counter Dalai move
  6. Monk says peace found in science
  7. ICT to Hold Sixth Tibetan Youth Leadership Program in Washington, D.C.
  8. Google Stuck At The Firewall
  9. Cargo service to be available on world's highest railway

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