February 15, 2006 3:27 PM PST

Taking tech companies to task over China

House members on Wednesday condemned Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies for kowtowing to Beijing. Watch videos of the hearing below.

Jack Krumholtz, Microsoft's associate general counsel and managing director of federal government affairs, talks about blog censorhip on MSN.

Elliot Schrage, Google's vice president of corporate communications and corporate affairs, explains to members of Congress Google's deal to operate inside China.

At Wednesday's hearing in Washington, Cisco Systems Vice President and General Counsel Mark Chandler says Internet routers all have built-in filtering capability, and that it's controlled by the service providers.

In a House subcommittee hearing for global human rights, Rep. Tom Lantos, D.-Calif., accuses four major U.S. technology companies of "complete compliance" with Chinese repression of civil rights and political dissent. Their actions are, he says, "a disgrace."

During the hearing, Rep. Christopher Smith reads a pointed indictment of Cisco, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. Smith says the tech companies aid repression by the Chinese government.

Rep. Christopher Smith, R.-N.J., demonstrates how the results of a Google search are censored in China. Then he lays out a series of questions on how U.S. companies cooperate with the Chinese government.

Harry Wu, publisher of the China Information Center, speaks to a House subcommittee about the punishment of dissidents in China. Wu said Cisco gear is used to help police surveillance there.

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., asks Yahoo spokesman and general counsel Michael Callahan whether the NSA has access to the e-mail of private American citizens. Hear the discussion during the hearing on Internet security and censorship in China.

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cDc Press Release on Google/Goolag, Yahoo, Cisco, Microsoft, and China
The cDc has issued a statement regarding IT businesses operating in China. (<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.cultdeadcow.com/archives/2006/02/congress_jerks_off_g.php3" target="_newWindow">http://www.cultdeadcow.com/archives/2006/02/congress_jerks_off_g.php3</a>)

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