Companies Appeal to China to Drop Web Filter Plan

[AP] Global business groups have made an unusual direct appeal to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to scrap an order for PC makers to supply controversial Internet filtering software, citing security and privacy concerns.Just days before the deadline to comply with China’s order, the letter from 22 chambers of commerce and trade groups representing the world’s major technology suppliers adds to pressure on Beijing to halt the plan following an official protest by Washington. see:Big Business Groups Complain to China’s Premier
An international group of business associations that includes most of the world’s major technology companies submitted a letter to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao urging the government to scrap a requirement that personal computers come with Internet-filtering software.The move is extraordinary in a country where companies are reluctant to take issue publicly with the leadership. The rule has already drawn criticism from the U.S. government and free-speech advocates in China and abroad.

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