Monday, September 12, 2005
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China 1, Yahoo! 0
As China holds its annual "Internet summit" today, it's worth reflecting that last week Reporters Without Borders broke a story revealing that Yahoo! provided information to China's government that helped them to identify and detain a dissident reporter (link via Rebecca McKinnon).
In today's Chicago Tribune, Evan Osnos provides a recap of what's happened, including Yahoo!'s response:
Well, this New York Times story by David Barboza suggests that Yahoo! did tie its hands when it agreed to invest in Alibaba.com, because "as part of the deal, Yahoo even agreed to hand over its Yahoo China operations" to Alibaba.
The larger problem is that this falls under the "China contradicting the liberal paradigm" [And don't forget Singapore!!--ed.] I've said before that after weighing the scales the liberal side still wins in the long run -- but everyone should check out Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and George Down's essay "Development and Democracy" in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs. They argue that, "savvy autocrats have learned how to cut the cord between growth and freedom, enjoying the benefits of the former without the risks of the latter."
Developing....posted by Dan on 09.12.05 at 12:50 PM
posted by: exclab on 09.12.05 at 12:50 PM [permalink]
The Foreign Affairs link doesn't work. I don't know if that is their problem or an error in the link.posted by: Tom Holsinger on 09.12.05 at 12:50 PM [permalink]
What a joke!
Jerry Yang made HIS billions. So he feels free
And, of course, MSM and Academia is cheering him
Victor Davis Hanson is correct.
Human Nature NEVER changes.posted by: Ted on 09.12.05 at 12:50 PM [permalink]
Uh, you mean "China 1, Yahoo! -1,000,000".posted by: Phil on 09.12.05 at 12:50 PM [permalink]
Why are you letting Bill Clinton off the hook? He was the key note speaker at the convention. Reporters without Borders wrote him a letter asking that he express his disapproval. He did not. When asked a direct question by a reporter he side stepped it adding that China did not suffer from practicing internet censorship. The next day he said he did not comment because he had a cold. Shame on him and on those in ciber space who are covering up for him.posted by: Judith on 09.12.05 at 12:50 PM [permalink]
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