Sunday, March 28, 2010

Internet companies are setting their own "foreign policies", as a containment strategy

Mark Landler has a great followup on Internet companies and their problems overseas on p 4 of the Sunday Opinion in the New York Times, “Google Searches for a Foreign Policy”, link here. Landler discusses both the China censorship and blocking problem (noting that “post Cold War” companies are more likely to believe they are exporting freedom) and the downstream liability problem, especially in Italy (with the recent convictions issue).

Washington itself is ambivalent: even as it wants to use the Internet to help export democracy and enable resistance, it is increasingly sensitive to the risks of asymmetric attacks on its infrastructure, which it believes would largely come from hostile elements abroad.

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