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Microsoft opens us censored blogs, snubs Congressional session

By Henk Ruyssenaars, Editor, Foreign Press Foundation  Posted by Joan Brunwasser (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   1 comment
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February 3, 2006

Microsoft has changed how it reacts to government calls to censor blogs. Now Microsoft says blogs or journals blocked inside one nation would remain readable outside that country.

The news comes as many hi-tech firms face criticism for their willingness to comply with local laws that limit what people can find and say online.

The change in policy applies to weblogs or journals written on Microsoft's MSN Spaces service. Microsoft is currently implementing this nation-based blocking system in the infrastructure for its MSN Spaces service. Users will also be told when their blog entries are being blocked.

Soon after the announcement Microsoft, Cisco, Yahoo and Google snubbed a US Congressional session that aimed to find out more about how hi-tech US companies operate in China. The meeting, set up by the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, follows many complaints about the way net firms have conducted themselves in China, with some critics charging that the firms put money before morals. Although the firms ducked the chance to attend one Congressional meeting they could be issued with subpoenas to ensure they are present at another hearing on the issue that is scheduled for 15 February.

[andend] - Source BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/technology/4671284.stm


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* The Pentagon's propaganda war - BBC - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/3ser2

* 'Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one' "╣ A.J. Liebling - The merciless engine of propaganda has been turned on: the infamous US 'Lie Factory' - Url.: http://tinyurl.com/8ncal

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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