Rebecca MacKinnon: Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and Vodaphone display some cojones. Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Cisco and others have been getting a lot of heat over the past year for colluding with human rights violations and state censorship in countries like China. Fortunately, three of those four companies have found the wherewithal to do more than just duck and cover.
Colleagues of mine at Berkeley and Harvard have been part of the effort, until now behind closed doors, to create a set of principles — which one hopes will morph into legislation — that give the tech companies a way to behave honorably in their dealings with dictators.
Read this release and you’ll see how much progress they’ve made. This is wonderful news.