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Reporters Without Borders Names “Internet Enemies”

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft given another chance

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PR reps at Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft can breathe a small sigh of relief; in a new document from Reporters Without Borders titled "Internet Enemies," they’re not among the things identified as foes.  It even looks like Reporters Without Borders might be starting to regard them as allies. 

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Reporters Without Borders stated, "By signing the Global Network Initiative, the US firms Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft publicly said that they wanted to respect their customers’ freedom of expression worldwide.  How much they may in reality defy the demands of authorities in countries to which they provide services remains to be seen.  But it will no longer be as easy for governments of these countries to obtain confidential information about their citizens."

So Reporters Without Borders is, at least for the time being, trying to give the three big companies the benefit of the doubt.

Meanwhile, it’s placed the ruling parties of Burma, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam on the opposing side of the censorship fight, in case you’re wondering.  And perhaps not coincidentally, a Yodel Anecdotal piece posted yesterday describes Yahoo’s work in this last country.

Reporters Without Borders considers the governments of Australia, Bahrain, Belarus, Eritrea, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Zimbabwe to be "under surveillance."

Reporters Without Borders Names “Internet Enemies”
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    So the listed countries have attempted or may attempt to coerce Microsoft, Yahoo and Google to hand over the Internet surfing habits and personal information of it’s users?

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    Reporters without borders are really doing great work,by making the IT fronts to standby them. Its not good for the IT society if these 3 majors start fighting. All provide good services. Each company has its own good features when compared to other. There always should be healthy competition, nothing more than that

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    I believe this is great to help spread the news..

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  • Alexis

    I think it’s great that there are organizations like Reporters Without Borders.

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  • Guest

    its possible great

  • Linda Brooks

    It will be interesting to see how Google, Yahoo and Microsoft will be able to deal with the demands of those countries who want strong monitoring of their citizens’ internet practices.
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    They really seem to be taking the fight to the big boys on the blog. And winning if I am reading this right. Good on them. Protection of civil liberties is a crucial function.

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    Reporters without borders are doing a great job and they have a long way to go.

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    Press places an important role in keeping healthy society. They had these biggies on their toes. Let these intiaties come more and more so that everything goes good

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  • udaiark

    What all steps to be taken as per Countries various demands by these three major internet bookies. For their Citizen’s Internet Monitoring.

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    I salute reporters without borders and I think they are really doing great work.

    I agree that it is not good for the IT society if these 3 majors start fighting. Healthy competition is more desirable.

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    I’d be interested to know why Australia is one of the countries under surveillance.

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