Thursday, April 20, 2006

Respecting legitimate government considerations

Bill Gates touched on a range of topics during his introduction of Hu Jintao yesterday for the Chinese president's policy speech in Everett, Washington. After telling the audience about Hu's background, Gates addressed his comments specifically to Hu. Here is one excerpt from that portion of Gates' comments:

"This new era of an Internet-based economy also presents new challenges to all of us. It is my belief that industry and government around the world should work even more closely to protect the privacy and security of Internet users, and promote the exchange of ideas, while respecting legitimate government considerations."

Welcoming Remarks by Bill Gates

What were the "legitimate government considerations" Gates referred to? Did it mean Microsoft would continue to cooperate in censoring or deleting blogs that may offend the Chinese government's sensibilities, or would do even more?

As one of the Tech Gang of Four, Microsoft, with Cisco Systems, Google and Yahoo, has been criticized by some Western media and people for going along with censorship in China in similar ways.

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