encyclo - 2:10 am on Jan 13, 2010 (gmt 0) U.S., Google take hard line on China Web censorship [reuters.com]
Reuters is making links between Google's move and to-be-announced new US government policies on internet censorship:
Jan 12 (Reuters) - The United States and Google Inc separately said they would move against Chinese Internet censorship, possibly signaling the start of a harder line toward China by U.S. President Barack Obama and the end of Google's business in the country.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to help citizens in other countries, including China, get uncensored access to the Internet, and last week she met top executives from companies including Google, Microsoft Corp, Twitter and Cisco Systems Inc (...) Clinton will unveil the tech policy initiative on "Internet freedom" on Jan. 21.
U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley, responding to the Google move, said every nation should criminalize malicious activities on computer networks.
"I defer to Google for details of its decision. Google was in contact with us prior to the announcement. Every nation has an obligation, regardless of the origin of malicious cyber activities, to keep its part of the network secure. That includes China," Crowley said.
U.S., Google take hard line on China Web censorship [reuters.com]