It seems like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! and Cisco have little backbone or ethics. All the more reason not to give Bush the sweeping powers for electronic surveillance that he wants.
-- Thomas McLeod
Tech under attack
Companies accused of aiding Chinese oppression need to come up with some answers fast.
By Marc Gunther, FORTUNE senior writer
February 1, 2006: 5:36 PM EST
NEW YORK (FORTUNE) - Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! and Cisco came under sharp attack from leaders of Congress and human rights advocates for aiding China's efforts to censor the Internet and punish dissidents.
And the giant technology companies literally had nothing to say.
U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, a California Democrat and the founding chairman of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, said the companies declined to attend a briefing, held Wednesday, to analyze the role of U.S. business in Chinese Internet censorship.
Lantos said the U.S. firms have joined in "China's efforts to restrict the flow of information and to punish people who have the courage and determination" to fight for democracy and freedom.
"They caved in to Beijing's demands for the sake of profits," Lantos said. "These massively successful high tech companies...should be ashamed."