Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The government is concerned about your internet privacy

In China

They're holding hearings about self censorship to get into Chinas web.

This, the same government who just got done with a massive good size fishing expedition on it's own citizens. Who, three out of the big four handed over potentially self-incrimination evidence on a request.

"Your abhorrent actions in China are a disgrace," said Rep. Tom Lantos, the top Democrat on the House International Relations Committee. "I simply don't understand how your corporate leadership sleeps at night."

Yahoo's senior vice president and general counsel, Michael Callahan, said his company was "very distressed" at having to comply with Chinese law.

Lantos, D-Calif., repeatedly asked whether Yahoo had contacted the family of Chinese journalist Shi Tao, who critics say Yahoo helped police identify and convict after he criticized human rights abuses in China.

James Keith, the State Department's senior adviser on East Asia, told lawmakers that China's efforts to manipulate the Internet have increased in the last year, "sending a chilling message to Internet users."

-And naturally you have the usual socialistic answer for anything hypocritical. . . it's for the children.
China says its steps are intended to protect its citizens, especially children, from "the immoral and harmful content" of the Internet.

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