Google Inc.’s board of directors is opposing a shareholder initiative to ban Internet censorship as well as the creation of a separate board committee to review the company’s policies on human rights, according to Google’s proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and released publicly. At its annual meeting May 8, the board will recommend a vote against a shareholder proposal that would require the company to take steps to ensure freedom of access to the Internet. It also advises a vote against a proposal calling for the board to form a separate committee to review its policies on human rights.
“Technology companies in the United States have failed to develop adequate standards by which they can conduct business with authoritarian governments while protecting human rights to freedom of speech and freedom of expression,” the first proposal states.
The second proposal would require Google to create a committee to review the company’s human rights policies. That proposal was made by Harrington Investments Inc., a Napa, Calif.-based firm that focuses on socially responsible investing.
In a statement on its Web site, Harrington said that companies such Yahoo, Google and others “have been working to restrict access and filter information on the Internet, as well as identify Internet users, including bloggers who advocate democracy, leading to their arrest, imprisonment and often torture.”
Google was criticized for launching a search service in 2006 aimed at Chinese users that blocks results considered objectionable to government of the People’s Republic of China. The company said it struggled over the decision but concluded that it was better to provide some Internet service than none at all.
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Geert Wilders’s film Fitna the Movie is released and online.
I am not a muslim hater, neither a racist: all forms of racism, prejudgements or discrimination are bad and must be condemned, despite of that i will provide the reader with a link to Fitna: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7d9_1206624103
It is obvious that Geert Wilders show with Fitna (again) his senseless hate against the Islam. Factual Fitna show the very limited intellectual capabilities of Wilders: the movie isn’t made in a creative way, it is a pure copy/past job concerning previous occurances.
By publishing the link to the movie you are capable to make up your own mind about Wilders’ trash.
The Cuban authorities have blocked access from Cuba to the country’s most-read blogger, Yoani Sanchez, she said on Monday.
Sanchez, whose critical “Generacion Y” blog received 1.2 million hits in February, said Cubans can no longer visit her Web page and two other home-grown bloggers on the Web site on a server in Germany.
All they can see is a “error downloading” message.
Sanchez said she cannot directly access her Web site from Cuba to update postings anymore, but has found a way to beat her Communist censors through an indirect route.
“So the anonymous censors of our famished cyberspace have tried to shut me in a room, turn off the light and not let my friends in,” she wrote in her blog on Monday.
“Who is the last in line for a toaster?” was the title of a recent blog that satirized the lifting of a ban on sales of computers, DVD players and other appliances Cubans long for, though toasters will not be freely sold until 2010.
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A U.S.-based web service, which Islam critic and Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders planned to use to show his film critical of the Koran, said on Saturday that it had inactivated the site due to complaints.
“This site has been suspended while Network Solutions is investigating whether the site’s content is in violation of the Network Solutions Acceptable Use Policy,” the company said on the site http://www.fitnathemovie.com.
Wilders, who has given few details about his 15-minute film, has said he plans to release “Fitna” on the Internet before the end of the month after Dutch broadcasters declined to show it. Fitna is a Koranic term sometimes translated as “strife”.
Wilders still plans to show his film despite the setback, Dutch agency ANP reported.
Sony has withdrawn its $50 ‘crapware’ removal charge after customers respond with an uproar.
After causing controversy for charging US$49.99 to remove trial software from hard disks of new laptops, Sony has backtracked from imposing the fee on customers.
Starting on Saturday, Sony’s Fresh Start software optimization feature will be free, the company announced.
Fresh Start is a Sony feature that lets customers buy certain laptops without so-called “bloatware,” trial software that laptop makers often load onto new machines. Sony was asking buyers of the Vaio TZ2000 and Vaio TZ2500 notebooks with the Windows Vista Business OS to pay $49.99 for the removal of the extra software. Those customers already pay an additional $100 to upgrade to Windows Vista Business OS from Windows Vista Home Premium.
But after an uproar erupted online Friday in response to the Fresh Start fee, Sony has decided to offer the option for free.
Source/full article: Washingtonpost.com