Southern Religion

Google does good re China

The combination of China’s demand that Google censor search results, and a Chinese attempt to hack into the gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, has led Google to a sweeping reassessment of its business relationship with China.

Google’s new, ethics-driven approach to China was announced on its official blog

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China.

Rebecca MacKinnon details the reaction in China.

Google is pushing back against evil, and we applaud.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | WWW | , , , | Comments Off on Google does good re China

Obama promoted religious freedom in China

Before Obama left, questions were raised about what he would do about religious freedom in China. And they have been answered:

Religious freedom advocates are pleased following President Barak Obama’s visit with Chinese President Hu Jintao, who spoke out about the need for religious freedom in China. President Obama also emphasized the importance of freedom of information in a question-and-answer session with college students in Shanghai.

He also criticized Chinese Internet censorship and “praised freedom of expression and political participation.”

November 17, 2009 Posted by | Obama | , | Comments Off on Obama promoted religious freedom in China