Opinion: Censorship Inc. - If they're not careful, Western tech companies could break up the Web

Author: Rebecca MacKinnon and John Palfrey, in Newsweek (Rebecca MacKinnon is a fellow of, and John Palfrey is clinical professor of law and executive director of, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School), Published on: 27 February 2006

China's leaders [are] increasingly relying on private firms to do their dirty work, blocking speech and turning over the identity of citizens who use the Internet as an organizing tool...To do business in China, all Internet companies are building censorship into their business processes...Techniques and software for Internet control, developed in China, are now being applied in countries like Vietnam and Iran... U.S. tech firms...must find a way to make their money in China without checking their values at the border. Morality aside, the long-term survival of their industry depends on it. [refers to Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!]

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Related companies: Cisco Systems Google (part of Alphabet) Microsoft Yahoo! (part of Verizon)