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Yahoo & Chinese Dissidents Case Roundup



9:47 pm on Nov 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It appears the parties in this long running case have come to an agreement.

Case Background.

Mar 9 2007 - Wife of Chinese Cyber Dissident to Sue Yahoo [webmasterworld.com].

The wife of a Chinese dissident jailed for publishing articles on the Internet says she plans to sue U.S.-based Internet company Yahoo for allegedly helping to put her husband in jail in China.

Oct 17 2007 - Yahoo called to "please explain" re Jailing of Chinese Dissident. [webmasterworld.com]

US lawmakers accused Yahoo of giving false information to Congress and asked that chief executive Jerry Yang appear before a committee to explain the internet search company's role in the imprisonment of a Chinese dissident.

Nov 7 2007 - Lantos Accuses Yahoo of Not Being Truthful at Hearings [webmasterworld.com]

A US congressional panel has criticised internet firm Yahoo for not giving full details to a probe into the jailing of a reporter by Chinese authorities.

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Nov 13 2007 - Yahoo settles case over Chinese dissident e-mails [uk.reuters.com]

Yahoo Inc ~ has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of several Chinese dissidents for the Internet company's alleged involvement in providing information the Chinese government used to prosecute the men, according to court papers filed on Tuesday.

It is a very short statement, basically saying that an agreement has been reached and Yahoo will wear the costs involved, but one does have to wonder whether this will see a change in Policy at Yahoo or whether this is just an exercise in under-the-rug-sweeping.


12:40 am on Nov 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Great summary there Woz!

This whole thing wrapped up a lot more quickly and quietly that I would have imagined. I was expecting Yahoo to put up more resistance. I guess the Congressional panel helped move things along.

I don't think this case will affect only Yahoo's policies and practices, but many other US concerns operating in China and other countries. We'll see ripples from this for quite some time to come.


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