Ethics, Business. . .the Net

December 21, 2005

MSN, Google and Yahoo! are striving to be the same, different and better than each other as they fight to create their space on the Web. This is great for consumers as it means that all three are working towards making their products better.

Having said that I've always been a wee bit concerned about how businesses pay the price for doing. . .business in countries like China. The businesses are doing what they can to keep the government happy which seems to be the admission charge to get into the game. I found this which summarizes a blog post about the feelings that a EU commissioner has towards what the three companies are doing to cooperate with the Chinese government.

To eliminate poverty and social exclusion is on my agenda for global political action. So is freedom and democracy. And I was very disappointed to learn that Microsoft has agreed to block Chinese blog entries that use words like “democracy“, “freedom“, “human rights“ and “demonstration.”</p>

It seems like Microsoft is not alone in “bad company“. Google has agreed to exclude publications that the Chinese government finds objectionable. And Yahoo has even gone further. They collaborated with the Chinese government and gave up the name of a writer who sent an e-mail that commented on a party decision. Based on this information, the man received a ten-year prison sentence.</strong>

The question to all those angry moose out there is. . .is corporate responsibility global? or localized?

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