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Google seeks help in fighting Internet censorship abroad

     
12:57 am on Jun 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Globe and Mail article [theglobeandmail.com]:

The online search giant is taking a novel approach to the problem by asking U.S. trade officials to treat Internet restrictions as international trade barriers, similar to other hurdles to global commerce, such as tariffs.

Google sees the dramatic increase in government Net censorship, particularly in Asia and the Middle East, as a potential threat to its advertising-driven business model, and wants government officials to consider the issue in economic, rather than just political, terms.

Human rights groups say Google's censorship efforts seem sincere, albeit motivated by bottom-line incentives.

"Free expression is a unique selling point" for a company like Google, (...) Filtering and censorship "diminishes the value of their product."
 

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