Thursday, June 16, 2005


Microsoft Word Ban or Who Really Cares?

Microsoft joins Yahoo in capitulating to China's demand to censor the use of certain words on weblogs, including Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights, and Taiwan Independence. Many are critical, but my position is: who cares? Censoring specific words is a pointless exercise, since bloggers are experienced at circumventing such restrictions. Microsoft's agreement with China is meaningless except in the most symbolic sense.

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