In July this year, Amnesty International published their report Undermining freedom of expression in China – The role of Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google, where they discuss and analyze these companies values compared to their actual actions (direct PDF link, 32 pages, 504 kb).
I would say that such a paper, and the implications of it, is something that everyone should read and try to embrace. Freedom of expression is far from global, and it also deals with the dangerous stance of multinational companies and what lengths they will go to, to do business.
It is about time we put some pressure to companies, make them stand up for their historical poor decisions and demand of them to take human rights into accountability!
Kofi Annan puts it in far better words than I can:
Posted in Developing, Technology
And of course, the information societyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very life blood is freedom. It is freedom that enables citizens everywhere to benefit from knowledge, journalists to do their essential work, and citizens to hold government accountable. Without openness, without the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers, the information revolution will stall, and the information society we hope to build will be stillborn.