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Microsoft's Chinese portal censors blogs


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 09:48 AM

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp. is cooperating with China's government to censor the company's newly launched Chinese-language Web portal, a spokesman for the tech giant said. The Associated Press Updated: 9:41 p.m. ET June 13, 2005 The policy affects Web logs, or blogs, created through the MSN Spaces service, said Adam Sohn, a global sales and marketing director at MSN.
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:57 AM

Heavens! We would not want some Chinese fellow actually typing the word FREEDOM in a blog!
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 11:03 AM

Who's surprised? lol :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 12:47 PM

More to the point, MSN joins Yahoo and Google in collaborating with the Chinese government's policies. Reporters Without Borders are "disgusted" with the MSN policy of trading supporting freedom of expression for bottom line profits.
Item: China has closed down over 2000 internet cafes, and requires users to show proof of identity before using cafe computers.
Item: Reporters Without Borders claims over 60 Chinese internet users have been jailed for expressing their views online.
Item: China is requiring all websites be registered with the government by June or be shut down by the internet police, a large body of officials whose job it is to censor the internet.
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 02:05 PM

I have dug a little deeper and what I have found is quite alarming.

No Press Freedom in China after SARS

"Living dangerously on the Net"

Tough times for writers in China_Two unforgettable summer weeks in a Beijing prison

Rise of Rights?

What Has Foreign Investment Brought for China?
Then how did they get the technology needed for this cyber monitoring system? Many famous overseas hi-tech companies such as CISCO from the U.S., Sun Microsystems Inc. from Canada, and other leading multinational companies have cooperated with them and provided them with the needed technology including the on-line filtering technology.


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Posted 15 June 2005 - 04:42 PM

Looks like China isn't as friendly as we thought they were. :thumbsup:




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