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Thursday, August 10, 2006 

Some recommendations for stakeholders of I.T. companies operating in China

Some recommendations from "Race to the Bottom": Corporate Complicity in Chinese Internet Censorship, a report released today by Human Rights Watch.

To investors in Internet companies

* Press for ethical company practices and respect for users' human rights on a global scale.
* Insist on code of conduct and support legislation—and compliance with it—if companies fail to adopt and truly follow a code.

To International organizations including the WTO, OECD, and UN

* Make a full study of the ways in which non-transparent censorship practices in countries such as China contribute to the lack of a level business playing field, and the extent to which censorship can be considered a barrier to trade.

To users of the services and products of Internet companies

* Make it known that the way users are treated in China and elsewhere is an indicator of companies' respect for users' rights globally.
* Take companies' human rights standards into account when deciding which products and services to purchase or use.


See here or read the full report for additional recommendations. A mirror copy of the report is also available here for those who are behind the firewall in China.

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