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an Amnesty International Campaign:

Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights.

Sign our pledge to keep the internet as a space for freedom of information and expression. Internet companies have an invaluable role to play in the realization of freedom of expression and information. But in China, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo are aiding repression, censorship, and violation of fundamental freedoms. Act now to put pressure on these companies to protect freedom of information and expression.

Urge Microsoft not to assist human rights abuses: In December 2005 Microsoft cooperated with Chinese authorities to shut down the controversial blog of Zhao Jing (Michael Anti), a Beijing-based researcher for the New York Times,and an active critic of censorship in China. The blog, which was hosted on servers located in the United States, was removed and was therefore censored not only in China but globally. Reacting to criticism, Microsoft claims to have implemented a new set of standards to ensure that they will only remove blogs when they receive formal legal notice from the Chinese government and that access will only be denied to users in China …
… Find out more about Microsoft’s and Amnesty International’s position on the role of the company in China.

Download Amnesty International’s Briefing on Internet Repression in China.

Google does not censor: take action to defend freedom of information

Google is aiding the repression of freedom of information and expression in China. Early in 2006 Google launched a self-censoring Chinese search engine, google.cn. This version of Google (called “Gu Ge” in Chinese) affects Chinese users by restricting search results for topics such as “human rights”, “political reform”, “Tiananmen Square” and “Falun Gong”, among others. Google.cn is an alternative to Google’s existing search engine based outside China (Google.com), which is not actively restricted by the company. Although the non-censored version continues to be available to all Chinese users, searches need to pass through China’s firewall, which censors politically sensitive terms …
… Google’s inadequate policy and practices regarding the protection of human rights in the context of censorship is not just a concern in China, but around the world, as Google expands into other markets with equally complex human rights environments. Amnesty International Addresses Google Annual General Meeting.

Take action to free Shi Tao – Yahoo’s data contributed to his 10-year sentence. Yahoo’s data contributes to arrests in China: free Shi Tao from prison in China!

Yahoo has admitted to providing the Chinese authorities with information that led to the eventual arrest and imprisonment of journalist Shi Tao; considered by Amnesty International to be prisoner of conscience. Shi Tao is serving a ten-year prison sentence in China for sending an email which included information on the government response to the Tiananmen Square massacre. Shi Tao sent the email to the US using his Yahoo account. The Chinese authorities accused him of “illegally providing state secrets to foreign entities”. According to the Court transcript, the evidence that led to Shi Tao’s sentencing included account-holder information provided by US internet company Yahoo …

Read AI’s statement regarding Google’s, Microsoft’s and Yahoo’s unacceptable submission to draconian Chinese policies.

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