Microsoft, Yahoo! & 19 Others' Deal With Chinese Govt Signals The End of Anonymous Blogging!

Aug 28, 2007 | 2,762 views | by Navneet Kaushal
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Thanks to a pact that Microsoft and Yahoo! signed with the Chinese government these two Web giants can now record the identities of bloggers and censor content reports an article called 'Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government'.

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Reports Without Borders “reports that at least 20 blogging services, including Yahoo!.cn and MSN.cn, have agreed to the new "self-discipline pact" laid down by the Internet Society of China, a spin-off from the Information Industry Ministry. Under the pact, the services are encouraged to store the real names and contact details of Chinese bloggers and delete "illegal and bad" information from user comments.”

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The pact doesn't require the services to register bloggers under their real names, as was previously proposed, but Reporters Without Borders is adamant that the agreement will significantly undermine free speech. "This decision will have grave consequences for the Chinese blogosphere and marks the end of anonymous blogging."

Reporters Without Borders said, "The Chinese government has yet again forced Internet sector companies to cooperate on sensitive issues – in this case, blogger registration and blog content. As they already did with website hosting services, the authorities have given themselves the means to identify those posting 'subversive' content by imposing a self-discipline pact."

About the deal, Microsoft responded saying, "Microsoft believes the Internet should be fostered and protected as a worldwide vehicle for reliable information and communications, personal expression, innovation and economic development. We therefore believe that, around the world, government actions taken to address security, safety, or other concerns, and which impact free expression and privacy, should be taken with deliberation and restraint."

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