January 8, 2006

BizzyBlog’s Internet Wall Of Shame
(Inductees Courtesy of Reporters Without Borders)

Filed under: Corporate Outrage,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:00 pm

Note: This post will stay at the top on Sunday, January 8, because of the importance of the topic.

Here’s the wall (images can be shrunk if, as unfortunately expected, there will be future inductees):


Superior renderings are welcome from someone who actually knows what they’re doing, and full credit will be given (CPA does not stand for “Competent Pictorial Artist”). If someone comes up with a better wall, it will replace the small version of it that you see in the right frame.

The story starts below.

Reporters Without Borders (RWB) names names on a page that should be bookmarked or saved not only to have RWB’s record of the offenses against freedom and free expression committed by the companies identified below, but for RWB’s proposed code of conduct for Internet companies not included here (HT – who else? – RConversation; bolds are mine).

Courtesy of the heavy lifting done by RWB, here is the first group of companies who have now officially been inducted into BizzyBlog’s Internet Wall of Shame (revised from “Chinese Wall of Shame” I proposed in a previous post, because other countries are engaging in repressive practices with the active assistance of US technology companies):

  • Since 2002, Yahoo! has agreed to censor the results of the Chinese version of its search engine in accordance with a blacklist provide by the Chinese government. Reporters Without Borders also recently proved that Yahoo! helped the Chinese police identify and then convict a journalist who was criticising human rights abuses in China. The e-mail servers of Yahoo!’s Chinese division are located inside China.
  • Microsoft censors the Chinese version of its MSN Spaces blog tool. You cannot enter search strings such as “democracy” or “human rights in China” or “capitalism” as they are automatically rejected by the system. Microsoft also closed down a Chinese journalist’s blog following pressure from the government in Beijing. This blog was hosted on servers located in the United States.
  • All sources of news and information that are censored in China have been withdrawn by Google from the Chinese version of its news search engine, Google News.
  • Secure Computing has sold Tunisia technology that allows it to censor independent news and information websites such as the Reporters Without Borders one.
  • Fortinet has sold the same kind of software to Burma.
  • Cisco Systems has marketed equipment specifically designed to make it easier for the Chinese police to carry out surveillance of electronic communications. Cisco is also suspected of giving Chinese engineers training in how to use its products to censor the Internet.

We believe these practices violate the right to freedom of expression as defined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was proclaimed by the United Nations when it was founded and which is supposed to apply to everyone, including business corporations. Furthermore, such ethical failings on the part of American companies damage the image of the Unites States abroad.



  1. Are you aware of CPB? (Committee to Protect Bloggers) They had an article on this very issue. I have two articles you may find interesting: Freedom of Speech v. the UN and USA Protects Internet. This has been an ongoing problem for some time now. I am glad to see you are on the right side of the road on this. ;)

    Comment by Rosemary — January 8, 2006 @ 12:47 pm

  2. #1 Rosemary:

    - CPB — Home Page says he’s on hiatus since mid-Dec. I’m going to look into what if anything I need to be doing Mon. morning.

    - Freedom of Speech and UN — I’ve been on that pretty heavily. Here’s probably the best post (there were many more) on that which was just ahead of the Tunisia conference (Instapundit and Pajamas linked it):

    About That Nov. 16-18 UN Internet Conference in Tunisia (UN-EU takeover attempt)

    You’re a very “Bizzy” multi-tasking blogger. I blogrolled your main blog.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 8, 2006 @ 1:56 pm

  3. Thank you! Yes, I know about the hiatus. He will be back, however, for his blogiversary. (One year.)

    I also wrote about that UN farse. Can you imagine it? Iran wants to take the ‘power’ out of the hands of the USA? HAHAHA. Come and get it, Ahmadinejad, you creep! Not even over my dead body! lol. Have a great day.

    Oh, BTW, thank you for the link about the UN.

    Comment by Rosemary — January 9, 2006 @ 12:01 am

  4. #3, great comment. Thanks.

    Comment by TBlumer — January 9, 2006 @ 12:06 am

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