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Amnesty International Says Google is Evil After All
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006 12:05:53 -0500



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From: Randall <rvh40 () insightbb com>
Date: November 11, 2006 11:46:59 AM EST
To: David Farber <dave () farber net>, dewayne () warpspeed com, Law & Policy of Computer Communications <CYBERIA-L () LISTSERV AOL COM>
Subject: Amnesty International Says Google is Evil After All

http://justanotherblowback.blogspot.com/2006/11/amnesty-international- on-yahoo-google.html

Amnesty International on Yahoo, Google

Amnesty calls for action on China
By John Oates

Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Nortel, Sun and Yahoo! named and shamed


Amnesty International is calling on internet users to join its campaign
to reclaim the web as a place of freedom.

The lobby group names Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Nortel Networks, Sun and
Yahoo! as companies who have co-operated to censor the internet or to
help track down individuals.

Amnesty wants users of these services to complain directly - by email or
on support forums - about these companies support of repression in China
and elsewhere. The group also wants the companies to "come clean" on
their policies - they want the companies named to make public all
agreements with the Chinese government and publish a list of words
excluded from web and blog searches. Amnesty also wants the companies to
publicly call for the release of "cyber-dissidents" currently
imprisoned.

Amnesty accuses the firms of hypocrisy

Kate Allen, Amnesty's UK director, said: "There is a huge gulf between
the companies stated values and their actions. Yahoo!, Microsoft and
Google need to stop denying their culpability, acknowledge where their
responsibilities lie, and begin to focus on solutions in China."

Yahoo! handed over confidential information which led to the
imprisonment of two journalists - Shi Tao and Li Zhi - who have both
been adopted as Amnesty Prisoners of Conscience.

Microsoft shut down a blog run by a New York Times researcher Zhao Jing
following a request from the Chinese government.

Google is offering a censored version of its search engine for China.

Microsoft gave Israeli authorities the Hotmail account of Mordechai
Vanunu - the man who blew the whistle on Israel's nuclear weapon
programme. He is out of prison but banned from contacting the foreign
media.

The online pledge has already been signed by almost 25,000 people. Go
here to sign up or go here to learn more about the irrepressible
campaign.

SOURCE: The Register

Also see:

Journalists' union calls for boycott of Yahoo!
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/06/05/nuj_calls_yahoo_boycott/

Yahoo! on NSA Surveillance: No Comment
http://justanotherblowback.blogspot.com/2006/10/yahoo-on-nsa- surveillance-no-comment.html

Google Watch
http://www.google-watch.org/


My Original Writing blog: http://itgotworse.blogsource.com



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