Telcos, social media sites get a conscience call

Author: Leslie D'Monte, Business Standard (India), Published on: 25 February 2011

Companies like Facebook, Vodafone are being reprimanded by human rights groups for bowing down to governments...Human rights groups like Amnesty International and Access...are highlighting a simultaneous trend in cyberspace, “a deeply disturbing and troubling path of governments, frequently with the cooperation of corporations, to shut down online communication tools in an attempt to quash legitimate, peaceful democratic protest”, as Solomon of Access terms it...Internet censorship is a rising trend...Professor John Ruggie, UN Secretary-General Special Representative on business and human rights, concludes: “The declaratory era of CSR is over: It’s not enough for companies to say that they respect human rights...[Global Network Initiative] is an important platform for information and communications technology (ICT) companies to do just that...” [also refers to Twitter, Yahoo!, Nokia, YouTube (part of Google), Gmail (part of Google), Research in Motion, Narus (part of Boeing), Microsoft]

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Related companies: Boeing Facebook Google (part of Alphabet) Microsoft Narus (part of Boeing) Nokia Research In Motion (now BlackBerry) Twitter Vodafone Yahoo! (part of Verizon) YouTube (part of Alphabet)