Wednesday, February 3, 2010

In the News: Updates re China and Google

The United States Senate continues to keep an eye on the human rights practices of technology companies, as evidenced by an announcement by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that the Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law will hold a hearing this month on global Internet freedom. Read the release from his Office here. On Tuesday, February 2, 2010, in response to the recent cyber attacks against Google in China (for more, on our coverage of that event click here and here), Durbin asked 30 leading companies, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, IBM, Nokia and Twitter, for information about their human rights practices in China. Stay tuned for more on the hearing...

In the meantime, we thought our readers might be interested in knowing what Bill Gates has to say about Google's announcement. According to the New York Times, "Mr. Gates declared himself unimpressed and a bit perplexed by Google’s recent threat to drop its search business in China to protest Chinese censorship of search after attacks apparently intended to spy on Gmail accounts of human-rights activists. 'They’ve done nothing and gotten a lot of credit for it,' Mr. Gates said." Let's hope they DO something soon. For the full article, click here.

1 comment:

  1. Yes great conflict between the China and USA instead of Google .Human rights are another one topic