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The Earley Edition has officially moved to My dot com, that is. Thanks for joining me.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Censoring Chinese Blogs

Microsoft censors Chinese blogs. Some words and phrases banned:
  • freedom
  • democracy
  • demonstration
  • human rights
  • Taiwan independence
Along with Microsoft, Yahoo and Google restrict what people can search for and read online. But this is the problem of doing business in China.
"If you want to deal with the Chinese, you have to deal with their rules," said William Makower, CEO of Panlogic a marketing consultancy with operations in China.

"It is all very well to have high-minded ideals about how you want the Chinese to behave, but opposing China is going to be counter-productive."
Counter-productive to what? Free thought? The free expression of ideas? The freedom of religion? Human rights? No, counter-productive to none of those things. By counter-productive, what he really means is counter-profit.

Next I'll be talking about the damn capitalists and sounding like a communist. But then I wouldn't be able to blog this in China now, would I?

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 6/15/2005 11:02:00 am || || Return to Top