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China: Microsoft in collusion

Categories: East Asia, China, Economics & Business, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Humanitarian Response, Ideas, Protest, Technology

When Chinese president Hu Jintao stops over for dinner at Bill Gates’ house and Microsoft centers research in Beijing [1], bloggers start to wonder [2]:

“Bill Gates, Jerry Yang, Eric Schmidt and the other executives should be challenging repressive regimes,” says Jeff Chester from Digital Destiny, “by refusing to operate in countries where search is censored and information about dissenters has to be turned over to authorities. But these companies see the digital future and it’s about targeted ads—along with new forms of commercial and political surveillance.”