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[DOC] Re “Google Theatre,” by Rob Hanlon and Stephen Frost, in CSR Asia, March 31, 2010

We would like to correct the impression...that human rights groups have naively pushed a one-sided argument that hinges solely on Google’s supposed altruism in its stance against internet censorship and in favor of protecting user privacy. Human Rights Watch does not focus on public relations, but on how corporate behavior aligns with human rights standards. We have repeatedly criticized Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and other companies for failing to act earlier to defend privacy and free speech... It is also incorrect to suggest that we missed an opportunity to highlight the compelling business arguments against censorship (the “business case for human rights”). To the contrary, we have prominently pointed out that China’s censorship controls harm business interests... Finally, it is worth recalling that Human Rights Watch, together with others, helped launch the Global Network Initiative (GNI)...

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