Serial No. 109-157: The Internet in China: A Tool for Freedom or Suppression? Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations and the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Committee On International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, February 15, 2006   [open pdf - 8MB]

This congressional hearing pertains to the subject of cyber utilization in China. This Congressional Hearing questions the legitimacy of China's internet and whether or not it is used as a "tool of freedom" or in a form of "suppression." From the beginning of the document: "U.S. technology companies today are engaged in a similar sickening collaboration, decapitating the voice of the dissidents. In 2005, Yahoo!'s cooperation with Chinese secret police led to the imprisonment of cyber-dissident Shi Tao. And this was not the first time. According to Reporters Without Borders, Yahoo! also handed over data to Chinese authorities on another of its users, Li Zhi. Li Zhi was sentenced on December 10, 2003, to 8 years in prison for inciting subversion. His ''crime'' was criticizing in online discussion groups and articles the well-known corruption of local officials. Women and men are going to the gulag and being tortured as a direct result of information handed over to Chinese officials. When Yahoo! was asked to explain its actions, Yahoo! said that it must adhere to local laws in all countries where it operates. But my response to that is, if the secret police, a half century ago, asked where Anne Frank was hiding, would the correct answer be to hand over the information in order to comply with local laws? Again, these are not victimless crimes that the Chinese secret police are committing, and I believe we must stand with the oppressed and not with the oppressors." Statements, letters and materials from the following: Christopher H. Smith, David A. Gross, James R. Keith, Michael Callahan, Jack Krumholtz, Elliot Schrage, Mark Chandler, Harry Wu, Liiby Liu, Xiao Qiang, Lucie Morillon, and Sharon Hom.

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