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Web firms urged to resist censorship

In a speech yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said constraints on free expression hurt economic growth. In a speech yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said constraints on free expression hurt economic growth.
Bloomberg News / January 22, 2010

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WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called on US technology companies to resist Internet censorship and urged Chinese authorities to probe a cyber attack on Google.

“Censorship should not be in any way accepted by any company from anywhere,’’ Clinton said yesterday in a speech at the Newseum. “American companies need to make a principled stand. This needs to be part of our national brand. I’m confident that consumers worldwide will reward companies that follow those principles.’’

Google Inc., which runs the most popular Internet search site, said it would stop censoring its search results in China and might end operations there after what it described as an infiltration of its technology and Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.

Clinton said the US government is looking “to Chinese authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the cyber intrusions that led Google to make this announcement.’’ The Chinese government has denied it was involved.