Inside Google’s China misfortune

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Discussion: On January 27, 2006, Google.cn went live in China, and within a few months, Google China’s headquarters was outfitted with the usual frills: foosball tables, a fully equipped gym, massage room, a huge cafeteria with free meals.  But signs of a distressed relationship soon followed: unexplained outages, Google’s operating license was suddenly no longer… Read more »

ISPs defend plans for two-tier net

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Discussion: The debate continues between net neutrality advocates – those who believe all net traffic should be treated equally – and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who argue that content providers should be able to pay to get their traffic prioritized on the network.  Net neutrality has become a hot legislative topic in Europe and ISPs… Read more »

Sites Like Twitter Absent From Free Speech Pact

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Discussion: In 2008 human rights groups and politicians condemned top Internet companies for complying with China’s restrictive laws and censorship requirements.  In response, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo signed a code of conduct intended to protect online free speech and privacy in restrictive countries and hoped other technology firms would follow suit.  But social media giants… Read more »

The Real Internet Censors: Unaccountable ISPs?

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Discussion: A recent report by the European Digital Rights (EDR) group warns that nations are slowly turning ISPs into “off-duty information cops.”  Eager to appease politicians in order to achieve their own goals, networks are cooperating with governments looking for easy, informal solutions to difficult problems like copyright infringement, dangerous speech, and child pornography.  But… Read more »