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Kelsey
Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:08 am
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Reporters without Borders claims that "cyberdissident" Li Zhi was imprisoned based on electronic records provided by Yahoo.

http://www.uncharted.ca/content/view/91/24/

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:45 am

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Even Google has agreed to work with Chinese officials to censor what the Chinese government considers politically sensitive topics and data. Topics such as freedom, democracy, human rights! You know, all those anti-government topics like that! And there are supposed to be some Congressional hearings this month on American companies in China. And I believe Google is on the "to talk about" list!

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Maybe Google needs a new motto; something like, "Don’t be evil ... unless you are gatekeeper to a potentially lucrative market." It’s not as punchy. But it has the ring of truth.


And this is what Ethan Gutmann had to say to Frontpage, which is a very conservative mag.

FP: Is Google the worst offender?

Gutmann: In terms of arrests or crude censorship, certainly not. But Google’s decision still takes my breath away. There’ something deeply insidious about the Matrix-like world of the “New China.¨ It looks like a real Internet. Chinese ministry websites are well-designed. They look transparent and accountable. But they are neither. Discussion boards look real, even impassioned. But because people are aware of State Security’s capabilities, most of the censorship is done by the participants themselves.

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Elvis
Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:55 am

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Check out this Google story. Breathtaking...

http://edition.cnn.com/2006/TECH/internet/02/09/google.desktop.ap/index.html

They will 'store' the info for 30 days. Which just makes perfect sense, don't it?

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Kelsey
Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:38 am
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And there are supposed to be some Congressional hearings this month on American companies in China. And I believe Google is on the "to talk about" list!


Google's going to be there along with Cisco, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Lucie Morillon from Reporters Without Borders.

It's a pretty sad state of affairs.

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 11:07 am

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Packet Discrimination and what it's effect could be on the neutrality of the internet is definitely a hot item on Congress' plate this year. And with Congress' record so far, having hope in their wisdom to do the right thing, looks pretty dismal at best!

It doesn't matter how much capital corporations rake in, their appetite for profit is insatiable and the only way I see that we can curb the destruction from their quest to devour the entire world is to cut off the beast's head! Removing it's teeth could possibly be a way to temporarily curb it's appetite, but the beast would still be trying to gum us to death, or worst yet, just swallow us whole! The common people are getting deep-throated by these socially perverted bastards, and speaking for myself, it's not an enjoyable experience! It may turn the corporate executives on but it does absolutely nothing for me short of giving me complete corporerectile dysfunction! Shocked

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On one side of the issue stand powerful Internet and software companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Amazon. They — and others — are arguing that all bits should be equal — that a “best effort” should be made to deliver Internet information, regardless of where it comes from.

On the other side are the powerful infrastructure companies, who own the conduits through which the traffic flows, such as Comcast, Bell South, and SBC. They argue that because they own the pipes, they ought to have the right to charge companies such as Google or Apple something extra to “guarantee delivery” of their data.


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