Clash of the Titans
Google, China and the U.S.
Last month Google announced it would stop censoring searches and may even pull out of China after a series of cyber attacks designed to get information from dissident’s Gmail accounts. China has previously been accused of cyber attacks against Congressional offices designed to obtain similar information. Google’s action led Secretary of State Clinton to emphasize the US commitment to online freedom and singled out China along with Tunisia and Uzbekistan for increased censorship.
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Durbin has sent letters to leading internet companies urging them to voluntary comply with the Global Network Initiative’s code of conduct prohibiting participation in human rights violations and will hold a hearing on the matter in March. On the House side, will this give new life to Congressman Chris Smith decade long struggle to pass the Global Online Freedom Act?
|More info: Senate Votes to Condemn Chinese Attacks on Google, EWeek
Sen. Durbin Release
Lawmakers say Capitol computers hacked by Chinese, USA Today