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Internet Companies in Negotiations for Agreement on Code of Conduct in China

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, in negotiations with other Internet companies and human rights organizations, have reached an agreement on a voluntary code of conduct for activities in China and other countries that censor the Internet. The participants are reviewing the agreement for final approval.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin has noted that American internet companies have an obligation to resist censorship and protect fundamental human rights even before the code of conduct is finalized:

“While the code of conduct is being finalized, I urge American internet companies operating in repressive countries to do everything possible to resist censorship and protect user privacy and freedom of expression, especially with the Olympics beginning in China later this week. We must ensure that American companies operating in repressive regimes protect fundamental human rights,” said Durbin.

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