Western support for Chinese censorship…

MICROSOFT, Google and Yahoo have been criticised by MPs for ‘collaborating’ with state censorship of the web in China.

  • Rory

    You certainly wouldn’t have really serious principled politicians colluding with China to avoid discussion of human rights in return for trade benefits. Pity Ted Heath and Richard Nixon weren’t still around to put these little whippersnappers in their place.

    Never mind, I’m sure that that must vociferous champion of human rights in China, whatever the personal cost in profit, will be their champion.

    Step forward, Rupert Murdoch!

  • Crataegus

    How naive can you get? Trade is about money so of course they collaborate. One can’t allow principles to get in the way of the balance sheet can one?

    Also interestingly in same article;

    ”As well as its internal practices, China was damaging efforts to uphold basic human rights by supporting regimes in Africa and elsewhere condemned by the international community, the report said.

    So it looks like the new world power has learnt from the declining world power. In a fundamental way nothing ever changes; does it?

  • skinbop

    old news?

  • Nestor Makhno

    Even with the likes of Google collaborating in state censorship (so much for their ‘do no evil’ company motto) the de-centralised nature of the internet’s infrastructure wil make it extremely difficult to control in the long term.

    For now China can (just about) block many of the main trunks in from the outside world – but when information exchange gets up into the terabytes and petabytes range – no government or company will be able to hold back the tide. (Well, they could try – but they will be face economic irrelevance in a very short time.)