Past anniversary of congressional hearings: US companies and China

“I do not understand how your corporate leadership sleeps at night”

(Rep. Tom Lantos, democrat CA)

You might think that Rep Lantos had been grilling representatives from oil, energy or tobacco companies. But this harsh criticism on Feb 15th 2006 was aimed at the technology giants Yahoo, Google, Cisco and Microsoft, over their business operations in China. On that day the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations called the three online giants and the networking hardware vendor on the carpet over their impact on online freedom in China.

One full year passed since that day, but there is still no compelling solution to the problem of doing business worldwide while grappling with questions of different jurisdictions, rooted in values that are fundamentally at odds with each other.

Link to full transcript of the hearing.


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