Global Censorship

Rebecca MacKinnon is my new favorite blogger: RConversation: Why Microsoft censorship in China matters to everybody

In my view, this issue goes far beyond China. The behavior of companies like Microsoft, Yahoo! and others – and their eager willingness to comply with Chinese government demands – shows a fundamental lack of respect for users and our fundamental human rights. Globally.

Microsoft, Yahoo! and others are helping to institutionalize and legitimize the integration of censorship into the global IT business model.

Do not count on these companies to protect your human rights, if those rights are threatened by the over-stretching hand of any government anywhere on the planet.

These are American companies, with global reach and global influence, that are enabling and participating in censorship and supporting totalitarian government. How they practice their business abroad affects us here in the United States, as well as any other country they do business in. And for the truly affected nations like China, they do their people no favors here.