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January 03, 2006

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» Shame on you, Bill Gates! from La Shawn Barber's Corner
What does the head-geek-in-charge think hes doing? Censoring Chinese bloggers just like communist China does? What does on here? Microsoft’s MSN Spaces is censoring bloggers. American blogger Rebecca McKinnon has the scoop: On December 16t... [Read More]

» Bill Gates Really Is a Force For Evil from JunkYardBlog
His MSN Spaces minions are doing the ChiComs work for them. (via InstaPundit)... [Read More]

» Earning their rep from HiWired Blog
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» A rum do from Rafael Behr
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» Microsoft hjälper kinesiska regimen censurera bloggar from mymarkup.net
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» More MSN Blog Censorship from The Argument Clinic
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» Gates, the Geek Goombah from Democracy Project
A lengthy Washington Post analysis of the domestic competition faced by Microsoft shows Bill Gates’ Microsoft “financial growth is slowing…and its stock has been flat for five years.” Microsoft’s thuggish competitive ways are less effective than before... [Read More]

» Rebecca McKinnon is following from mikel.org | Michael Boyle's weblog
a story in which it seems that RConversation: Microsoft has taken down Chinese blogger's site. Note that the suggestion is that MSN has done this, for everyone, not that the Chinese government has done this. Definitely a story to continue follow very c... [Read More]

» Rebecca McKinnon is following from mikel.org | Michael Boyle's weblog
a story in which it seems that Microsoft's MSN service has taken down Chinese blogger's site. Note that the suggestion is that MSN has done this, not that the Chinese government is responsible. Definitely a story to continue follow very closely.... [Read More]

» Forbidden Language from Threatchaos.com
I have blogged before about the immoral actions of Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft in their drooling effort to capture the Chinese market. I am torn in the same way I am sure upper management at these Internet behemoths are. On... [Read More]

» Forbidden Language from Threatchaos.com
I have blogged before about the immoral actions of Yahoo!, Google, and Microsoft in their drooling effort to capture the Chinese market. I am torn in the same way I am sure upper management at these Internet behemoths are. On... [Read More]

» MSN Censors Chinese Bloggers from Plead the First
MSN Spaces, Microsofts blogging service, has been helping the Chinese government suppress dissenting voices by monitoring and censoring Chinese blogs that use the MSN service. According to Rebecca MacKinnon, theyre getting more aggressiv... [Read More]

» MSN Spaces from NEOFLUX | Propaganda You Can Trust
What the hell is Microsoft doing censoring blogs and blog posts on behalf of the Chinese government. If you currently have a blog with MSN Spaces, I'd highly encourage you to move it somewhere else - there's no reason Microsoft... [Read More]

» Microsoft hjälper kinesiska regimen censurera bloggar from mymarkup.net
Microsofts hantering av innehållet på sina bloggar under MSN Spaces-tjänsten i Kina är inte särskilt smickrande. Vid nyårsskiftet verkar det... [Read More]

» MSN Spaces Removes Chinese Bloggers Blog from An MCSD from Wisconsin
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» Meanwhile, back in Redmond . . . from Classical Values
What does the head-geek-in-charge think he’s doing? Censoring Chinese bloggers just like communist China does? What goes on here? So asks La Shawn Barber. Both La Shawn and Glenn Reynolds link to Rebecca MacKinnon, who's got the damning goods on... [Read More]

» Meanwhile, back in Redmond . . . from Classical Values
What does the head-geek-in-charge think he’s doing? Censoring Chinese bloggers just like communist China does? What goes on here? So asks La Shawn Barber. Both La Shawn and Glenn Reynolds link to Rebecca MacKinnon, who's got the damning goods on... [Read More]

» Meanwhile, back in Redmond . . . from Classical Values
What does the head-geek-in-charge think he’s doing? Censoring Chinese bloggers just like communist China does? What goes on here? So asks La Shawn Barber. Both La Shawn and Glenn Reynolds link to Rebecca MacKinnon, who's got the damning goods on... [Read More]

» Is Microsoft against freedom of speech? from Karel Donk
I noticed over at Scobles blog that MSN has blocked access to the blog of a chinese guy. The details about this have been posted here. This is going to cause some issues for Microsoft. As a company obviously Microsoft wants to do business in Chi... [Read More]

» Blogero chino censurado por MSN Spaces from Ondas, cables, luces, cacharritos y cachivaches
Robert Scoble ha escrito un post muy, muy serio sobre la censura que al parecer ha sufrido un blogero chino por parte de MSN. Según un artículo de la periodista Rebecca MacKinnon en su blog, MSN Spaces cerró el popular blog de Zhao Jing, tambien con... [Read More]

» Scoble Challenges Microsoft Again on Chinese Blogger Censorship from B.L. Ochman's weblog - Internet and corporate blogging strategy, and online marketing trends, with news and commentary
Microsoft uber-blogger Robert Scoble is taking the controversial (perhaps to his job) position that Microsoft is wrong to take down Chinese blogger Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti. That takes balls. Former CNN anchor-turned-blogger Rebecca MacKinnon report... [Read More]

» MSN China blogger smackdown: their country, their ballgame from Things That ... Make You Go Hmm
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» MacKinnon: Microsoft, not the CCP, took down Anti's Blog from The Peking Duck
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» MacKinnon: Microsoft, not the CCP, took down Anti's Blog from The Peking Duck
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» microsoft vs anti from asiapundit
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» Bill censors a Chinese blogger from mathewingram.com/work
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» MSN censura y retira el blog de un disidente chino from Merodeando por la enredadera
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» Micro$oft Bans Chinese Blogger from blog.jeffbrock.org
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» Microsoft Takes Down Chinese Blogger from Zmetro.com
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» Microsoft Removes Chinese Blog from The New Journalism
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» Time for a High-Tech Wall of Shame for the Chinese Police-State Enablers from BizzyBlog.com
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» Microsoft silences Chinese Blogger from thehorsesmouth.blog-city.com
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» China Followup from thehardtruth.net
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» New Microsoft deals in China from Microsoft News Tracker
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» Anti恢复Blog from CNBlog: Blog on Blog
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» Microsoft accused of censoring blogs in China from CSR Asia - Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia
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» Report: Outspoken Chinese blogger censored by Microsoft from Boing Boing
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» Outspoken Chinese blogger censored by Microsoft from Boing Boing
Rebecca Mackinnon writes: Microsoft’s MSN Spaces continues to censor its Chinese language blogs, and has become more aggressive and thorough at censorship since I first checked out MSN’s censorship system last summer. On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took... [Read More]

» Outspoken Chinese blogger censored by Microsoft from Boing Boing
Rebecca Mackinnon writes: Microsoft’s MSN Spaces continues to censor its Chinese language blogs, and has become more aggressive and thorough at censorship since I first checked out MSN’s censorship system last summer. On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took... [Read More]

» Outspoken Chinese blogger censored by Microsoft from Boing Boing
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» Microsoft partners up with Chinese government to censor blogers from Truth Out Loud
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» Microsoft censors Chinese blogs from The Gleeson Bloglomerate
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» Microsoft Censoring Chinese Bloggers? from hiphopmusic.com
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» Microsoft Censoring Chinese Bloggers? from hiphopmusic.com
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Comments

Fons

The story on typepad seem to be that the company has changed its IP-address and then by accident unblocked itself. Untill it is over, of course.

Ken

Hey now, go easy. Bill Gates is 1/3 of Time's Person of the Year. No way would a major news organization lionize a filthy communist enabler.

computerjoe

Bit strange. I always considered Microsoft as Nazis, not communists :P. LOL, just kidding!

Tom3

Bill Gates is a Commie Nazi.

Hmmm.

Here's an interesting question;

Does a Chinese blogger, living in China, have American First Amendment freedoms on servers in America?

I.e. are Consitutional Rights applicable based on where the server is? Or the author? Or the reader?

This is a curious thing because I don't believe, though IANAL, that Constitutional Rights are bound by citizenship or nationality as long as location involves US territory.

So.... Is MSN guilty of violating this blogger's First Amendment Constitutional Rights?

PotatoStew

"Is MSN guilty of violating this blogger's First Amendment Constitutional Rights?"

I'm no lawyer either, but I don't think so. MSN is a private company, and it's their software, so they can allow or not allow people to post whatever they see fit.

SoQuickToJudge

what makes people think Bill G knew anything about this before it happened? afterall, ms is a corp giant incapable of accomodating change and the unexpected. surely the layer upon layer of mgmt will take days to get this right. right?

Sarah

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." And so forth.

MSN is a private corporation and incapable of violating anyone's Constitutional right to self-expression (it says "Congress shall not," not "American companies shall not") but it's still despicable and immoral for them to cater to a totalitarian government's demands for aid in subjugating a billion people. This goes to first principles, not legislation -- this is just wrong, and they deserve to be castigated for it.

Markus In Sweden

SHAME ON YOU BILL GATES.

Did Bill just put the first amendment in the trash can?

SHAME
SHAME
SHAME

screwball

Ok, I've been thinking about this kind of problem for a while. The solution is a bit odd, but probably doable.

Make a peer-to-peer serverless blog distribution program. Something like bittorrent but where the seed files could be emailed around and wouldn't have to reside on a server that could be blocked. Further, the seeding files could be updated by the original author (based by say a hash). Should it be done without any attempt at misdirection mapping the thing out would be hard but not impossible. However, should someone paranoid enough write the thing, it might be a little harder (especially if the program evolved on a regular basis).

If enough people would participate, it would be pretty much impossible for the Chinese government to go after them. Worse for the Party, the authors could actually be anonymous.

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