Monday, February 06, 2006

Worth Reading

I've discussed Google's decision about working in China in two previous blogs. On February 1st, Andrew McLaughlin, Senior Policy Counsel responded to criticism on the Google blog.
You can read it here.

I was talking with my roommate tonight about why people have been so quick to criticize Google for thier recent business decision. I think that in a way people feel betrayed. Why do we have such an attachment to Google? Google makes me smile. On special holidays, Google makes funny little images using its name. It's personal. You say the word "MSN" or "Yahoo," and I have no emotions. They are just search engines. What is it that makes Google more than a search engine? More than a business?

Tomorrow, when I have a little more time, I will write about another form of censorship I recently learned about, one related to the textbooks that the students in New York and many other states use. It's not just Google, and it's not just China. It seems that anywhere you go, there will be something taboo, something that we should not be discussed.

1 comment:

technologos said...

HUMAN RIGHTS PROBLEMS for Google, Yahoo & Cisco in China and Russia:

I'm commenting on the elinked letter of the EU commisioner addressed to russian NGO leaders most of whom ex-dissidents who protested a new law at KGB/FSB headquarters and elinks to photos of demostration following:

The leaders ex-dissidents are appealling with a letter to
Yahoo's CEOs in reference to jailed chinese journalist Sho Tao:

Dear Jerry Yang and David Filo,

I am writing to you to express my deep concern over recent
allegations that your company has assisted authorities in China
in events which led to the imprisonment of Shi Tao, a Chinese
journalist. On April 27, 2005, Shi Tao received a ten-year
prison term for sending information about a Communist Party
decision through his Yahoo email account to a website based in
the United States. Amnesty International considers him a
Prisoner of Conscience, as he was imprisoned for peacefully
exercising his right to freedom of expression and opinion.

I am alarmed that in the pursuit of new and lucrative markets,
your company is contributing to human rights violations. Yahoo
should urgently give consideration to the human rights
implications of its business operations. The Universal
Declaration of Human Rights calls upon every organ of society,
which includes companies, to respect human rights.

Yahoo’s conduct in Shi Tao’s case has exposed your company to
the risk of being complicit in human rights violations. I
therefore call upon Yahoo to:

Use its influence to secure Shi Tao’s release Stop any actions that could undermine human rights in any country in which you operate Take immediate steps to ensure that all your units – the parent corporation and subsidiaries – uphold human rights
responsibilities for companies, as outlined by the UN Norms for
Business Develop an explicit human rights policy, ensuring that it
complies with the UN Norms for Business. Sincerely,

I'd advise to elink to technologos webpage where filmed interview with chinese dissident Wang Dan and film interviews with russian ex-dissidents on 'back to USSR" future of Russia.

Human Rights paradygm is alternative approach to view Internet as ultimate medium of intellectual freedom media and my
objective is todiscuss the essential problem how to define and
how todefend intellectual freedom as fundamental human rights
paradygm for internet media due to latest Google’s values compromise or corporate controversy in China as well as with US government reveals that even entrepreneurial culture is morally corrupted with dominance of corporate authoritarian governance that plays well with dictatorian style draconian rules of China
government China’s jailed leader of Tiananman Sq. Wang Dan who’s
our test expert on China’s intellectual freedom thinks the
internet has two influences.

One is a good influence: Chinese people can have more
information and have more contact. But the second influence is a
bad influence because ithelps the government to control people
because theycan censor the internet. So it’s very important for the international community to try to stopgovernment’s using the
internet as a tool to censor the people.
NB Visual experience of China's Cultural revolution theater on
Technologos website:

To explore the issue further I'd refer to Technologos blogs on
Intellectual Freedom Paradygm and Digital Integrity origially
posted on:

Alternative technologos blog on the issues posted on:

content neutral CISCO endevour is Devil's Advocate argument to create an appeasement chimera solution.
Unfortunately, at stake the fate of genuine values or absolutes
of Intellectual integrity of global Internet Freedom Empire as
world Commons ethos initiated as far as US originated Arpanet
MIT/BBN military science research launched in 60s-70s original
webnet global leadership which CISCO inherits totally
contradicts to assumed moral consensus of corporate elite
reached not just on China Internet policy as professed by
Google's founder Sergey Bryn in Davos to Fortune but assumed as
global policy is true technological drama and cognitive fallacy digital trauma.