Tech Firms To State Dept: Stop Us Before We Help Censor The Internet In China Again
from the say-what? dept
It’s no secret that the technology behind “the great firewall of China” is often supplied by American firms. While Google has received plenty of criticism for its own policies in China, lots of other companies are just as bad, if not worse — and the US government has been investigating the matter for some time. That’s why it’s interesting to see various tech companies defending their China policies to the State Department, but at the same time sending a slightly different message, suggesting that the real way to deal with this is diplomatically. That is, they want the State Department to include state-sponsored censorship as a “free trade” issue in diplomatic discussions with China, pushing China to cut down on such practices. That might make sense, but it still sounds a little funny coming from the same firms who are helping to censor the internet in the country. Obviously, part of it is (as they claim) that they’re just living under the local laws — but it still seems like a situation where, if they have such a problem with it, perhaps they shouldn’t be helping to keep the practice alive.