Google urges US to challenge China Internet curbs

Google Inc. on Monday urged Western nations to challenge a growing list of Internet restrictions in China and around the world as a violation of global trade rules and to negotiate new trade deals to protect the free flow of online information.”More than 40 governments now engage in broad-scale restriction of online information, a tenfold increase from just a decade ago,” the search engine giant said in a policy brief that follows a censorship battle with China this year. see:Google calls for challenge to censorship
Google has called on the US and other western governments to challenge internet censorship as a restraint on global trade, opening another front in its campaign to gain more open access to countries, such as China, that restrict online information.Its case, spelled out in a detailed paper released on Monday, comes in the wake of concern at the search company in recent months that its tense relationship with China would lead to increasing restrictions, making it harder to compete in the world’s most populous internet market. denounces Web curbs as ’21st century trade barriers’ [AFP]
Google on Monday decried restrictions on the Internet by China, Vietnam and other countries, calling them the “trade barriers of the 21st century” and making a case for new trade rules and talks.”Trade officials and policymakers should be deeply concerned about the impact of Internet information restrictions on economic growth and trade interests,” Google said in a policy paper. ‘Net censorship amounts to undeclared trade war
Back in 2007, when one of the perennial Greek/Turk spats flared up again online, some hothead had a terrific idea: why not create a home video claiming that modern Turkey’s founder, Kemal Ataturk, was gay — and that everyone else in Turkey is gay, too? The result was uploaded to YouTube. Similar videos followed. One might have hoped that such grade-school taunting would seem so ridiculous that it would simply be ignored. But here’s how Google described what happened next:

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