Amnesty Blasts Google, Microsoft, Yahoo

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have undermined the rights of Chinese to freedom of expression through their actions in China, according to Amnesty International."All three companies have, in one way or another, facilitated or colluded in the practice of censorship in…

Yahoo ‘Strictest’ Censor in China

Wired News reports that Reporters Without Borders has labeled Yahoo the "strictest" censor in China: Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said their tests showed that Yahoo.cn blocked a higher percentage of politically sensitive results than Google.cn or the beta version of…

Google Joins NSA’s Other Northwest Neighbors

The NY Times reports that Google has built a "computing center as big as two football fields, with twin cooling plants protruding four stories into the sky" on the Oregon-Washington border. Yahoo and Microsoft both have large processing centers about…

Congress v. IT Companies re: China

Nathan Weinberghas posted some excellent excerpts form today's congressional hearings with various IT companies regarding thier actions in China. Here are some highlights: The Associated Press: Rep. Tom Lantos, ranking Democrat on the International Relations Committee, told the company officials…

Yahoo on NSA surveillance: No comment

Yahoo's privacy policy states:Yahoo! does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except to provide products or services you've requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances: ...We respond…

Battelle: Never Poke a Dragon While It’s Eating

John Battelle posts his thoughts on the recent rash of search engine v. China incidents. He follows up on Yahoo's call for the search engines to band together and fight Chinese censorship of the web:So what to say about all…

Yahoo! seeks help to fight China censors

Forbes is reporting that Yahoo is trying to form a coalition between the major web search engines (Google, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft) to work together to counter Chinese censorship on the web. And this Financial Times article notes that Yahoo! is…