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"Race to the Bottom": Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 1 August 2006

Some companies not only respond to instructions and pressures from Chinese authorities to censor their materials, they actively engage in self-censorship by using their technology to predict and then censor the material they believe the Chinese government wants them to censor... In this report, we have documented the different ways in which companies such as Yahoo!, Microsoft, Google, and Skype are assisting and reinforcing the Chinese government’s system of arbitrary, opaque and unaccountable political censorship. [also refers to Cisco, MSN Spaces (China) (joint venture Microsoft & Shanghai Alliance Entertainment), TOM Online, Secure Computing,, MSN China (joint venture Microsoft & Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd. (SAIL)), Hotmail (part of Microsoft), Gmail (part of Google), Blogger (part of Google)]

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Related companies: Cisco Systems eBay Google (part of Alphabet) Microsoft Secure Computing (part of McAfee) Skype (part of Microsoft) Tom Online Yahoo! (part of Verizon)