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Google urges US Govt. to raise censorship as trade issue with China (scroll to 2nd item)

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1 August 2007

Rethinking Censorship, Google, and Free Trade [scroll down to second item]

Author: Robert Senser, Human Rights for Workers

Should U.S. trade policy be modernized to cover the Internet? Yes, says Google Inc. Under Beijing’s orders, Google's self-censors its Website in China. Embarrassed by criticism of its collaboration with China's repression, Google is lobbying Congress and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to make government censorship of the Internet illegal under international trade laws.

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25 June 2007

Google Fights Global Internet Censorship

Author: Christopher S Rugaber, Associated Press

...Google Inc. is seeking help inside the Beltway to fight the rise of Web censorship worldwide...by asking U.S. trade officials to treat Internet restrictions as international trade barriers, similar to other hurdles to global commerce, such as tariffs... Yet...Google's board recommended investors vote against a shareholder resolution urging Google to renounce censorship. The resolution was defeated, although Google is already acting on some of the proposal's ideas, including working with other technology leaders, such as Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., to develop a set of principles on how companies should respond to censorship... [also refers to YouTube (part of Google)]

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