U.S.A.: Against internet sensorship internally, more than happy to help externally

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:55

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In what can be a sad revelation and truth to come to terms with, the U.S. of A. is not as steadfast in their “free internet” beliefs outside of home grown soil. While the internet in the U.S. is uncensored, and hopefully will remain that way for…..ever, it seems we have different motives elsewhere. When you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, the west *that’s the U.S….among others* is one of the top providers and supporters of internet censoring software and tactics outside of U.S. borders. Surprised? I was. So how exactly has the U.S. aided such anti-American tactics abroad?

A few examples of the less than stellar business deals include:

  • China’s infamous “Great Firewall”, powered by the “Green Dam Youth Escort” censoring software is claimed to be a hacked version of Solid Oak Software’s Cybersitting program
  • In 2005, Yahoo helped the Chinese government prosecute Shi Tao, a business journalist who used his Yahoo email address to send out papers pertaining to the 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre
  • Google fell into the trap in 2005 by throwing freedom and basic human rights into the wind and supporting China’s ridiculous and downright stupid internet censoring requirements. Good luck trying to find anything remotely close to the Taiwanese or Tibetan Independence events on Google.cn
  • 2005 was also the start of the anti-freedom movement by Microsoft in regards to MSN Spaces beginning to filter out blog posts that contained the words “democracy,” “freedom” and “human rights.
  • And last but certainly not least, the Saudi Communications & Information Technology Commission currently makes use of Cisco routers and Harvard Tech grads to censor free speach and ideas “pornography and harsh ideas”
  • Many more of these gross acts of anti-freedom support can be found at

As you can see, while we (as I live in the U.S.) often point the “anti-freedom” finger at countless other countries, we have several more fingers pointing right back at us. I can’t believe some of these American companies are perfectly fine helping oppressive governments restrict their peoples with stupid laws, censors, and regulations — all in the name of a fatter paycheck. It’s simply disgusting. Some things just aren’t worth the time, profit, or trouble. Helping communists, oppressive regimes, and destorying human rights and freedoms aren’t something that portrays a squeaky clean image.

What’s your take?

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