Skip to comments.Gates won't cross China government
Posted on 01/28/2006 8:23:20 PM PST by maui_hawaii
Bill and Melinda Gates, along with Bono, were honored at the "Persons of the Year" by Time Magazine for their good works. "For being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and re-engineering justice, for making mercy smarter and hope strategic and then daring the rest of us to follow, Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono are Time's Persons of the Year," Time wrote. The $29 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation should earn the Gates' Nobel Prizes and eternal thanks from the entire planet. However, when it comes to the business of the Internet the Bill Gates who built an empire on high IQ and some rapacious business practices, noted by the Department of Justice and EU, isn't going to earn any peace prizes.
While at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Gates argued that state censorship shouldn't stop technology companies from doing business in China. In essense, he was defending Google's concessions in censoring its China site, as well as Microsoft's and Yahoo's. "I think (the Internet) is contributing to Chinese political engagement. Access to the outside world is preventing more censorship," Gates said as reported by the AP. In other words, some is better than none. And, you can be sure that Gates is walking a fine political line with Chinatrying to get the Chinese to pay for his products and reduce the piracy. Taking a stand against censorship, telling the Chinese authorities how to run their country won't sell.
Gates also said that China is reducing poverty, which could lead to many more of the 1.3 billion Chinese citizens joining the 64 million already participating in the broadband Internet revolution. Those Chinese citizens joining the broadband revolution, won't be getting the unvarnished Internetjust the portion allowed by the government. Given that filtering out what the Chinese authorities don't want isn't an exact science and that you can't keep a billion people from circumventing the system, the censorship efforts will ultimately fail. By design the Internet is porous.
It's crystal clear that Microsoft and other tech companies aren't about to forego economic opportunity in China or other countries that censor the Internet. The philosophy is that some censorship of the Internet is better than not having it at all. In the meantime, Yahoo provided personal information leading to the incarceration of a journalist and the big three have firewalled sites that the Chinese government finds that may "harm the dignity and interests of the state" or that foster "evil cults" or "damage the social stability."
Enjoy your 30 pieces of silver Judas Iscariot
He is big on China's birth control policy and funds aggressive and tricky sterilization programs in South America and Africa. He made a machine. But he is soulless. He is a liberal.
Yup. Lost respect there.
Or, in the case of FR, all of the above.
"He made a machine. But he is soulless. He is a liberal."