August 11, 2006

"Race to the Bottom" - Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship

Human Rights Watch has released a new report "Race to the Bottom" - Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship

It's a thorough examination of the topic. I won't attempt to extensively summarize, since that'll be done by many others.

I'm mentioned (with regard to Google censorship) at the bottom of page 61, in very good company:

For more on this issue see Bill Thompson, "The billblog: Google censoring web content," BBC News, October 25, 2002 [online],; Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, "Localized Google search result exclusions," October 26, 2002 [online],; Seth Finkelstein, "Google Censorship - How It Works,", March 10, 2003,; and Philipp Lenssen, "Sites Google Censors," Google Blogscoped, January 25, 2005, (all retrieved July 12, 2006).

[Hat tip: Philipp Lenssen

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware , google , press | on August 11, 2006 09:36 PM (Infothought permalink)
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You see these issues at a level of detail that most miss. AOL's recent attempt to "give something back" only proves that the patterns for public protections are clearly not understood. It's thorugh voices like yours that we can see farther down the road where rights and censorship are in conflict and need to be discussed.

Keep working on the collective mind to see the larger context for these issues. It's appreciated.

Posted by: McD at August 13, 2006 03:19 PM

Thanks, McD. I do enjoy hearing comments like that.

Alas, it's not appreciated in a way which provides me with the means to buy food and rent and health insurance.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at August 13, 2006 07:20 PM