Tech giants criticize Australia plan for Internet filtering
Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are among many high-tech companies that have objected to the Australian government’s plan to begin filtering Internet content.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that 147 comments were submitted to the government on its proposal to begin blocking certain Web sites – particularly those that present harm to children.
But the high-tech industry and many human rights groups object to the filtering of Internet content and taking the control of Internet access out of the hands of users. Google yesterday announced it stopped censoring content in China, as demanded by the Chinese government, by redirecting search queries from within China to the company’s Hong Kong site.
Facebook's head of public policy, Tim Sparapani, explained in an interview with C-SPAN’s "The Communicators" earlier this month that the company has watched the moves in Australia with concern.
March 23, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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