us: Google Renews Call For Govt. To Stand Up To Censorship

In a post on Google’s Public Policy Blog on Friday, Andrew McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, revisits his company’s efforts to encourage the U.S. government to address censorship as a trade barrier. “To industries that depend upon free flows of information to deliver their services across borders, censorship is a fundamental barrier to trade,” said McLaughlin. “For Google, it is fair to say that censorship constitutes the single greatest trade barrier we currently face.” see the following Associated Press story:
Google Fights Global Internet Censorship
Once relatively indifferent to government affairs, Google is seeking help inside the Beltway to fight the rise of Web censorship worldwide. The online search giant is taking a novel approach to the problem by asking U.S. trade officials to treat Internet restrictions as international trade barriers, similar to other hurdles to global commerce, such as tariffs.

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