In the final days of 2005, Microsoft Corporation made international headlines when it removed the site of a Beijing researcher from its blog hosting service. Soon, other instances of U.S. companies assisting in China’s internet censorship emerged. These revelations generated outrage among commentators and legislators and led to calls for action. This Note examines the methods of internet censorship employed by China and other nations, and explores the assistance that U.S. companies have provided to these nations. It analyzes the liability issues facing these companies in light of existing case law and statutory solutions proposed in the U.S. Congress. It then proposes a novel combination of existing legislative proposals, recommendations from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and international cooperation as the best way to address the problem of internet censorship.
Breaching the Great Firewall: China’s Internet Censorship and the Quest for Freedom of Expression in a Connected World,
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