With only days to go before the official start of the Beijing Olympics, US senator Dick Durbin says a “number” of the largest American Net companies, human rights organizations and “other stakeholders” have, “reached agreement on a voluntary code of conduct that would govern internet companies operating in countries where internet freedom is restricted”.
And like who?
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft.
“The participants are now reviewing the agreement for final approval,” says Durbin.
“This code of conduct would be one important step toward our shared goals of promoting freedom of expression and protecting the privacy of internet users around the world,” he says, going on:
“I look forward to learning more about the details this agreement and whether it will adequately regulate American companies operating in internet-restricting countries.”
Don’t we all.
Meanwhile, “While the code of conduct is being finalized, I urge American internet companies operating in repressive countries to do everything possible to resist censorship and protect user privacy and freedom of expression, especially with the Olympics beginning in China later this week,” states Durbin.
“We must ensure that American companies operating in repressive regimes protect fundamental human rights.”
The Xinhua pic on the right shows the Beijing Olympics main press centre.
Is it about to become a bastion of free speech, do you think?
And how can someone (or something) be a “stakeholder” in “internet freedom”?
Ironically, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft are among companies who’ve been accused of trifling with the privacy of their users.
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Dick Durbin – Durbin Says Internet Giants Close to Agreement on Code of Conduct, August 4, 2008
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