Wednesday, January 27, 2010

From "Top Tech News" today:

Google might think Chinese censorship of the Internet is unacceptable, but Bill Gates says it's not that bad. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, Gates called China's attempts to censor the Internet "very limited," and said its controls are not much different than other countries' policies.. . . The People's Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper, trumpeted, "Bill Gates Bats for China," The Wall Street Journal reported.

Gates said it's "easy to go around" the Chinese government's system of controls. "And so I think keeping the Internet thriving there is very important," he said. Other countries also censor the Internet -- to ban porn, for example, or the way that Germany censors references to the Nazi Party. "And so you've got to decide: Do you want to obey the laws of the countries you're in, or not?" Gates asked.

Is Microsoft in favor of blindly following unjust laws, or are they in favor of "going around" the laws?

It is not noble, Microsoft, to "follow the laws of the country you're in" if those laws are unjust. There is a higher standard in the world than the Communist government of China.

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