Does Yahoo really want a political profile in China?
In the wake of damaging lawsuits charging Yahoo Inc. with complicity in the jailing and torture of Chinese dissidents, the company is seeking to make amends with a "human-rights fund" dedicated to providing victims of government censorship with legal and other assistance. Human-rights groups that once criticized Yahoo for complying with Chinese authorities' efforts to clamp down on political discourse are now praising its new, public stance on the issue...In addition, Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang indicated …to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that bolder moves may be in store. Yang wrote that he looks forward to "seizing the opportunity presented by the Olympics to redouble our efforts in securing the release of political dissidents." [also refers to Microsoft]