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USA: Google shareholders reject shareholder resolution to end its engagement in censorship in countries such as China

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11 May 2007

Symbol of protest at Google

Author: Verne Kopytoff, San Francisco Chronicle [USA]

Google's annual shareholder meeting, usually a lovefest, had a tinge of revolt Thursday with a proposal that the company resist censorship in repressive countries. The proposal, which was defeated as expected, challenged the...company's policy in China to censor search results that are deemed sensitive by the Beijing government. Introduced by the Office of the Comptroller of New York City, which oversees New York City pension funds, the proposal highlights the company's continuing public relations problem since introducing its Chinese search engine a year and a half ago...[T]he company's senior vice president for corporate development opposed the proposal, arguing it would force the closure of Google's China Web site and impose rigid rules that do not advance the cause of free expression.

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11 May 2007

Will Google shift its stance on human rights and the internet?

Author: Ethical Corporation

Yesterday's AGM at Google featured a shareholder resolution on human rights and internet censorship. But its unlikely to make Google shift in its strategy...

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6 April 2007

Google stockholder proposal on internet censorship

Author: The Office of the Comptroller of New York City

Whereas, freedom of speech and freedom of the press are fundamental human rights, and free use of the Internet is protected in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees freedom to “receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”...Whereas, technology companies in the United States such as Google, that operate in countries controlled by authoritarian governments have an obligation to comply with the principles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights...Therefore, be it resolved, that shareholders request that management institute policies to help protect freedom of access to the Internet...

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