Thursday, March 16, 2006

US, China, google, freedom, censorship etc

After all excitement of the visit by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh who have departed Australia for Singapore, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is now visiting to attend trilateral talks (US-Australia-Japan).

China seems to be the hot topic of the moment. Ms Rice has made statements about China's military spending, which is an item of discussion at the trilateral talks. But it seems that everybody is beating a path to China' door. The Duke of York who is also the UK Special Representative for International Trade and Investment will visit Beijing later this month, as will Russian President Putin.

The thing about China is that the internet censors politically sensitive information from local users. Google now operates a Chinese language search engine - - which apparently tells users that certain pages are censored. Certainly a lot better than Yahoo which supposedly handed over certain data to the Chinese government.

Now how is the Chinese government different to the US Bush government which has subpoenaed Google to hand over search details? Google is not responsible for what people including children search for on the internet. Adults should take responsibility for themselves and their children.

For a country that is supposed to support individual rights, the government is certainly making a big effort to emulate the tone of nanny states like Singapore.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


I was so confused this morning when my human woke up early and then left me. Thankfully he returned still in the morning. My human told me he went to see the doctor and she told him to stay home and not return to work until 3 April. Woohoo, good for me!

When he came home, we had a long nap on the couch together, before watching a couple of German movies.


Anonymous Nick said...

You are very lucky to have your human home with you for so long!

I do hope he starts getting better soon.

Friday, 17 March, 2006  

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