Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger (my opinions on that)

OK, this one is depressing to me. It’s one thing to pull a list of words out of blogs using an algorithm. It’s another thing to become an agent of a government and censor an entire blogger’s work. Yes, I know the consequences. Yes, there are thousands of jobs at stake. Billions of dollars. But, the behavior of my company in this instance is not right.

Rebecca MacKinnon has the details in a post titled Microsoft takes down a Chinese blogger.

Why is this so important to me? Well, you ignore the voices of individual people at your peril. And, I’ve been raised by people who taught me the value of standing up for the little guy. My mom grew up in Germany. Her mom stood up to the Nazis (and got a lot of scorn from family and friends for doing so).

I do believe in a slippery slope. If they come after you today, maybe they’ll come after me tomorrow. Gotta stop this kind of stuff while we’re still talking about you.

Oh, and to: Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti I’d like to offer you a guest blog here on my blog. I won’t censor you and you can write whatever you’d like.

Guys over at MSN: sorry, I don’t agree with your being used as a state-run thug.

This whole post has a couple of disclaimers. 1) I am assuming all the facts are as Rebecca has presented them. She’s a former CNN reporter and I trust her a lot, but there might be more to the story than is being told — I’m going to try to find out. 2) These are my own opinions, obviously.

I’m copying this post to Christopher Payne, corporate Vice President over on MSN and will try to get his point of view on this.

Update: someone over on MSN Spaces just wrote me and said he hadn’t heard of this and that he’s raising this up the management chain too. I’ll report more as I hear more. he told me that Steve Liffick is the VP in charge of MSN Spaces and that he reports to Blake Irving. I’ve sent email to both of those guys on this issue.

0 Replies to “Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger (my opinions on that)”

  1. Damn right.

    We should have absolutely no part in censoring political voices.

    MSN folks- you’re spineless cowards. When it comes to morals, you have none. You should be banished to China.

  2. Damn right.

    We should have absolutely no part in censoring political voices.

    MSN folks- you’re spineless cowards. When it comes to morals, you have none. You should be banished to China.

  3. Heh. Good news: I agree with you. Both on the issue (which isn’t the first time) and on the way you raise it.

    Your first caveat, your use of the words “depressing” and “sorry,” your polite approach of Christopher Payne… All good things.

    It’s a change from the “They should be fired!” tone of voice (and that’s a Good Thing).

    Regards.

    Marc Snyder

  4. Heh. Good news: I agree with you. Both on the issue (which isn’t the first time) and on the way you raise it.

    Your first caveat, your use of the words “depressing” and “sorry,” your polite approach of Christopher Payne… All good things.

    It’s a change from the “They should be fired!” tone of voice (and that’s a Good Thing).

    Regards.

    Marc Snyder

  5. You work for a corporation. You are not an individual at work.

    Besides, just go fix the situation instead of blogging about it.

  6. You work for a corporation. You are not an individual at work.

    Besides, just go fix the situation instead of blogging about it.

  7. How would you recommend he “just go fix the situation” if not by blogging about it? It would be nice if Robert could call a quick meeting of senior management and get to the bottom of this and change the policy, but I don’t think that’s within the scope of his job.

  8. How would you recommend he “just go fix the situation” if not by blogging about it? It would be nice if Robert could call a quick meeting of senior management and get to the bottom of this and change the policy, but I don’t think that’s within the scope of his job.

  9. Take action. I wrote MSN and told them I have chosen to avoid all MSN content, as I would rather pay for content than to receive it free with censorship.

    If blog providers really want to stick it to MSN and Google, they would advertise their blog hosting as censorship free. I would pay a few dollars a month to have a blog w/o censorship.

  10. Take action. I wrote MSN and told them I have chosen to avoid all MSN content, as I would rather pay for content than to receive it free with censorship.

    If blog providers really want to stick it to MSN and Google, they would advertise their blog hosting as censorship free. I would pay a few dollars a month to have a blog w/o censorship.

  11. I absolutely agree with everything that’s been said on this. However, I would just like to throw out the opposing point of view – that MSN is duty bound to reflect the laws of the land it operates in. How would you like it if a corporation declared itself above the law?

    In this case, though, I don’t think that defence is strong enough. (I want to make that clear – just playing Devil’s advocate somewhat.)

  12. I absolutely agree with everything that’s been said on this. However, I would just like to throw out the opposing point of view – that MSN is duty bound to reflect the laws of the land it operates in. How would you like it if a corporation declared itself above the law?

    In this case, though, I don’t think that defence is strong enough. (I want to make that clear – just playing Devil’s advocate somewhat.)

  13. Well done Scobles.. “Now, It is VERY important to note that the inaccessible blog was moved or removed at the server level and that the blog remains inaccessible from the United States as well as from China. This means that the action was taken NOT by Chinese authorities responsible for filtering and censoring the internet for Chinese viewers, but by MSN staff at the level of the MSN servers” –

    This appears to bevested interests in terms of Microsoft !!! Why ????

  14. Well done Scobles.. “Now, It is VERY important to note that the inaccessible blog was moved or removed at the server level and that the blog remains inaccessible from the United States as well as from China. This means that the action was taken NOT by Chinese authorities responsible for filtering and censoring the internet for Chinese viewers, but by MSN staff at the level of the MSN servers” –

    This appears to bevested interests in terms of Microsoft !!! Why ????

  15. This is going to be an interesting situation to watch. Dealing with the Chinese government is certainly no fun and since Microsoft is expanding and looking to expand so much in China, they have to meet the government’s demands.

    So, who will Microsoft side with? The Chinese government or the swarming bloggers? At this time, I’m betting on the Chinese government. Bloggers whining isn’t enough. If the mainstream media makes this individual case into international news (a la Terri Shiavo, Elian Gonzalez, etc.) and if because of that politicians get involved, I can see Microsoft fighting the Chinese government.

    And I don’t consider restoring this one guy’s blog fighting the Chinese government either. That wouldn’t stop their rampant censorship. As Rebecca said, this was Microsoft that did this. I’m betting it was somebody with a title like Censorship Specialist II that pulled the blog of his own free will, not a direct order from the government, but I could be wrong.

  16. This is going to be an interesting situation to watch. Dealing with the Chinese government is certainly no fun and since Microsoft is expanding and looking to expand so much in China, they have to meet the government’s demands.

    So, who will Microsoft side with? The Chinese government or the swarming bloggers? At this time, I’m betting on the Chinese government. Bloggers whining isn’t enough. If the mainstream media makes this individual case into international news (a la Terri Shiavo, Elian Gonzalez, etc.) and if because of that politicians get involved, I can see Microsoft fighting the Chinese government.

    And I don’t consider restoring this one guy’s blog fighting the Chinese government either. That wouldn’t stop their rampant censorship. As Rebecca said, this was Microsoft that did this. I’m betting it was somebody with a title like Censorship Specialist II that pulled the blog of his own free will, not a direct order from the government, but I could be wrong.

  17. Scoble this seems like a double-edged sword…I mean I understand why this shouldn’t be the case in the ideal world…but sadly this is not the ideal world…

    you should absolutely hate Chinese laws for allowing this…BUT if you were running a business in that country: what would you do?

    the utopian view would be to shut down MSN Spaces there over free-speech issues…or shut down all your services over such a issue…BUT then you’d be ignoring almost a billion customers…

    I’d try to find a middle ground…i.e. ask them to filter such things themselves and not put it on the service provider (like Microsoft)…

  18. Scoble this seems like a double-edged sword…I mean I understand why this shouldn’t be the case in the ideal world…but sadly this is not the ideal world…

    you should absolutely hate Chinese laws for allowing this…BUT if you were running a business in that country: what would you do?

    the utopian view would be to shut down MSN Spaces there over free-speech issues…or shut down all your services over such a issue…BUT then you’d be ignoring almost a billion customers…

    I’d try to find a middle ground…i.e. ask them to filter such things themselves and not put it on the service provider (like Microsoft)…

  19. It’s all very well for the self-appointed Freedom Fighters to scream but this post troubles me. This is what I SEE from this post and its associated comments, even if it is not entirely reflective of the conversation so far.

    1. At Les Blogs 2.0 I listened to Rebecca and others talk in considerable detail about the complexities and difficulties in fathoming the Chinese authorities attitudes towards censorship. It made me realise there are no quick fixes and that comment about such things ‘we’ regard as abuse needs handling with extreme care. And in that I would defer to Rebecca any day of the week. She’s been there, she knows the terrain.
    2. Given the issues Rebecca details and the political sensitivities in play, would it not have been better to find out from MSN what they have to say before blowing your foghorn Robert?
    3. The focus now is not on the wider issue at hand but looks like deteriorating into yet another f**k MSFT fest – I’m sure that’s not Robert had in mind at all. It takes away from the central arguments.
    4. I’d love nothing more than to see everyone having the kind of voice Robert espouses. But there are times when diplomacy matters and where remaining tight lipped – if only to establish the facts – is more appropriate than what seems to me at least, to be something of a knee jerk reaction on Robert’s part.
    5. Just how would giving Zhao Jing space on Robert’s site make any difference? If anything, I can imagine it ticking off Chinese officials even more than Zhao’s current activities.

    Having said that, if MSN is acting as some sort of unofficial censor then the circumstances of those activities are worthy of scrutiny. But only when MSN has had the opportunity to put its case forward.

  20. It’s all very well for the self-appointed Freedom Fighters to scream but this post troubles me. This is what I SEE from this post and its associated comments, even if it is not entirely reflective of the conversation so far.

    1. At Les Blogs 2.0 I listened to Rebecca and others talk in considerable detail about the complexities and difficulties in fathoming the Chinese authorities attitudes towards censorship. It made me realise there are no quick fixes and that comment about such things ‘we’ regard as abuse needs handling with extreme care. And in that I would defer to Rebecca any day of the week. She’s been there, she knows the terrain.
    2. Given the issues Rebecca details and the political sensitivities in play, would it not have been better to find out from MSN what they have to say before blowing your foghorn Robert?
    3. The focus now is not on the wider issue at hand but looks like deteriorating into yet another f**k MSFT fest – I’m sure that’s not Robert had in mind at all. It takes away from the central arguments.
    4. I’d love nothing more than to see everyone having the kind of voice Robert espouses. But there are times when diplomacy matters and where remaining tight lipped – if only to establish the facts – is more appropriate than what seems to me at least, to be something of a knee jerk reaction on Robert’s part.
    5. Just how would giving Zhao Jing space on Robert’s site make any difference? If anything, I can imagine it ticking off Chinese officials even more than Zhao’s current activities.

    Having said that, if MSN is acting as some sort of unofficial censor then the circumstances of those activities are worthy of scrutiny. But only when MSN has had the opportunity to put its case forward.

  21. Couple of points

    1.) Given that you work at Microsoft and know folks on the Spaces team, isn’t the intelligent thing to do to get the facts straight first before faning the flames of speculation and making inflammatory comments (e.g. “state run thug”)?

    2.) Christopher Payne runs MSN Search, he is nowhere in the management hierarchy for MSN Spaces.

    This post seriously makes you come off as a jack ass.

  22. Couple of points

    1.) Given that you work at Microsoft and know folks on the Spaces team, isn’t the intelligent thing to do to get the facts straight first before faning the flames of speculation and making inflammatory comments (e.g. “state run thug”)?

    2.) Christopher Payne runs MSN Search, he is nowhere in the management hierarchy for MSN Spaces.

    This post seriously makes you come off as a jack ass.

  23. Dare: fair enough. I will give any Microsoft employee or executive (including you, since you’re also a Microsoft employee, and work on the team in question) a guest blog here too to say what they think of me (or to give us facts that we don’t yet have in our possession).

    Plus, my comments are open, and my trackbacks are open.

    It may yet turn out that I’m wrong. In that case I’ll have egg on my face. I was willing to take that risk. So, what are the facts that I should have waited for?

  24. Dare: fair enough. I will give any Microsoft employee or executive (including you, since you’re also a Microsoft employee, and work on the team in question) a guest blog here too to say what they think of me (or to give us facts that we don’t yet have in our possession).

    Plus, my comments are open, and my trackbacks are open.

    It may yet turn out that I’m wrong. In that case I’ll have egg on my face. I was willing to take that risk. So, what are the facts that I should have waited for?

  25. What if it comes down to China pressuring Microsoft into doing taking down these blogs by threatening to ramp up piracy of Microsoft titles, delay Xbox components, or doing other things that could hurt Microsoft’s business? This is one problem I have with China. To do business there you have to play by their rules.

  26. What if it comes down to China pressuring Microsoft into doing taking down these blogs by threatening to ramp up piracy of Microsoft titles, delay Xbox components, or doing other things that could hurt Microsoft’s business? This is one problem I have with China. To do business there you have to play by their rules.

  27. I don’t care much for politics BUT I want to know how you were able to change your gosh darn WordPress theme??? Show me, show me now! 😉

    What good is a holiday site if it doesn’t reflect the gosh darn holiday season! LOL!!!

    Pweez?

    Thanks,

    Aaron

  28. I don’t care much for politics BUT I want to know how you were able to change your gosh darn WordPress theme??? Show me, show me now! 😉

    What good is a holiday site if it doesn’t reflect the gosh darn holiday season! LOL!!!

    Pweez?

    Thanks,

    Aaron

  29. Very interesting to see how this plays out.

    My blog seems to be censored in China – or at least friends report they can’t get to it from mainland China (no probs in Hong Kong). Somehow I don’t see myself as any threat, although I do blog on China occasionally (I’ve got a startup there).

    You pretty much got to play by the country’s laws to play in the country – any country. When you consider laws you consider unethical, you’ve got a dilemma.

    Based on the evidence available right now, I strongly agree with you Robert!

  30. Very interesting to see how this plays out.

    My blog seems to be censored in China – or at least friends report they can’t get to it from mainland China (no probs in Hong Kong). Somehow I don’t see myself as any threat, although I do blog on China occasionally (I’ve got a startup there).

    You pretty much got to play by the country’s laws to play in the country – any country. When you consider laws you consider unethical, you’ve got a dilemma.

    Based on the evidence available right now, I strongly agree with you Robert!

  31. your mum in Germany growing up? which part? I am in Germany!

    By the way: congrats on standing up and defending Chinese blogger. Please note that Yahoo has given IP address and access data of a guy in China and because of Yahoo, he was jailed by Chinese government! And guess what, Russell bastard Beattie (employee of Yahoo) has not commented on it at all! You comment on similar issue. I admire your courage.

  32. your mum in Germany growing up? which part? I am in Germany!

    By the way: congrats on standing up and defending Chinese blogger. Please note that Yahoo has given IP address and access data of a guy in China and because of Yahoo, he was jailed by Chinese government! And guess what, Russell bastard Beattie (employee of Yahoo) has not commented on it at all! You comment on similar issue. I admire your courage.

  33. Is anyone really surprised? No, I’m not the cynic who believes MS is evil. But there are some real hazards to doing intellectual property business in China. I mean, come on! Don’t tell me this isn’t a scenario that MS didn’t expect, in one form or another. How does MS maintain its integrity in a situation like this? First, they need to (on an internal basis) own up to the fact that they made a deal with the devil (so to speak). Second, they comprehensive strategy for dealing with pressures from the Chinese government in a way that doesn’t compromise the core values of the company. This means being politically savvy, and understanding the difference between passive and active cooperation. If MS didn’t do this when they expanded their business in Asia, then they’ve done the equivalent of walking into a minefield, blindfolded.

    I’m hoping MS still has an idea of the bigger picture here.

  34. Is anyone really surprised? No, I’m not the cynic who believes MS is evil. But there are some real hazards to doing intellectual property business in China. I mean, come on! Don’t tell me this isn’t a scenario that MS didn’t expect, in one form or another. How does MS maintain its integrity in a situation like this? First, they need to (on an internal basis) own up to the fact that they made a deal with the devil (so to speak). Second, they comprehensive strategy for dealing with pressures from the Chinese government in a way that doesn’t compromise the core values of the company. This means being politically savvy, and understanding the difference between passive and active cooperation. If MS didn’t do this when they expanded their business in Asia, then they’ve done the equivalent of walking into a minefield, blindfolded.

    I’m hoping MS still has an idea of the bigger picture here.

  35. Call me crazy but I think Scoble should have waited for a MS response to the allegations before going to press with this story.

  36. Call me crazy but I think Scoble should have waited for a MS response to the allegations before going to press with this story.

  37. Daniel: you’re not the only one who believes that (see Dare’s comment). I hear that feedback. The last word hasn’t been written on this issue yet. That’s one thing about blogs. The picture might start blurry, but it gets clearer over time as more and more people add their views in, and as more and more facts get reported.

  38. Daniel: you’re not the only one who believes that (see Dare’s comment). I hear that feedback. The last word hasn’t been written on this issue yet. That’s one thing about blogs. The picture might start blurry, but it gets clearer over time as more and more people add their views in, and as more and more facts get reported.

  39. This is the ugly side of globalization. I mean, I essentially agree that MSN Spaces should not have taken the blog down nor should they cooperate in any censorship. OTOH, if they (or Yahoo or Google or IBM, other companies who have been in similar situations) don’t cooperate and are kept out of China for it, the Chinese tech market will still evolve and perhaps be spurred to develop native competitors ot MYGI. In the long run they may do just that anyway but in the long run we are all dead too. I believe this is a prime example of a Hobson’s Choice…

  40. Dare:Not sure where your coming from. This is a geninue voice that needs to play the corporate Speech line. Why should it be termed as “jackass post” ??

    remember ?? I Fail At Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness posting that was a rant about yourself which made you sound like a jackass.. IMHO !! yeah happy new year too Dare :)-

  41. This is the ugly side of globalization. I mean, I essentially agree that MSN Spaces should not have taken the blog down nor should they cooperate in any censorship. OTOH, if they (or Yahoo or Google or IBM, other companies who have been in similar situations) don’t cooperate and are kept out of China for it, the Chinese tech market will still evolve and perhaps be spurred to develop native competitors ot MYGI. In the long run they may do just that anyway but in the long run we are all dead too. I believe this is a prime example of a Hobson’s Choice…

  42. Dare:Not sure where your coming from. This is a geninue voice that needs to play the corporate Speech line. Why should it be termed as “jackass post” ??

    remember ?? I Fail At Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness posting that was a rant about yourself which made you sound like a jackass.. IMHO !! yeah happy new year too Dare :)-

  43. Steven: really? Should we allow child pornography through then?

    How about spam?

    See, the problem with this issue is there are local laws that we need to comply with. It’s just that the local laws there aren’t ones we understand or agree with.

  44. Steven: really? Should we allow child pornography through then?

    How about spam?

    See, the problem with this issue is there are local laws that we need to comply with. It’s just that the local laws there aren’t ones we understand or agree with.

  45. I think any sort of censorship on any medium is unacceptable. Just because a technology gives one the ability to censor, does not mean that one should. The only reason censorship exists is to give off an image of power and scare people into believing or behaving a certain way. I know this is blatant self-promotion, but I recently started a website dedicated to free speech – http://liberdictus.com. Those of you here from digg.com will know the general idea behind it: anyone can submit articles which remain in a queue until they get a certain number of votes. The biggest difference, though, is that these articles are written by users, not just links to articles written by others. I really hope that it becomes a platform for true free speech. It is completely uncensored, and accepts content no matter the content.

  46. I think any sort of censorship on any medium is unacceptable. Just because a technology gives one the ability to censor, does not mean that one should. The only reason censorship exists is to give off an image of power and scare people into believing or behaving a certain way. I know this is blatant self-promotion, but I recently started a website dedicated to free speech – http://liberdictus.com. Those of you here from digg.com will know the general idea behind it: anyone can submit articles which remain in a queue until they get a certain number of votes. The biggest difference, though, is that these articles are written by users, not just links to articles written by others. I really hope that it becomes a platform for true free speech. It is completely uncensored, and accepts content no matter the content.

  47. Gotta play by their rules, gotta play by their rules. Playing by their rules is how we ended up China as both a predator consumer *and* a predatory supplier. Goodness knows, there’s very little in that country that counts as communism outside of using the word, but what was that about “selling us the rope we need to hang them”?

    Right now, our people are giving in because it’s inconvenient to raise a fuss.

    Here’s what i think: the individuals in China who run these entities have the resources and the desire to make money under any set of rules. Why not inconvenience them for a change. I think they’ll discover that they want the money more than they want to erode someone else’s freedom on behalf of the authorities. They’ve been exploiting our greed, let’s exploit there’s.

  48. Gotta play by their rules, gotta play by their rules. Playing by their rules is how we ended up China as both a predator consumer *and* a predatory supplier. Goodness knows, there’s very little in that country that counts as communism outside of using the word, but what was that about “selling us the rope we need to hang them”?

    Right now, our people are giving in because it’s inconvenient to raise a fuss.

    Here’s what i think: the individuals in China who run these entities have the resources and the desire to make money under any set of rules. Why not inconvenience them for a change. I think they’ll discover that they want the money more than they want to erode someone else’s freedom on behalf of the authorities. They’ve been exploiting our greed, let’s exploit there’s.

  49. While I don’t agree with what happen you have to realize that freedom of speech does not apply here. The blog is owned and operated by MSN. If they don’t like what you wrote they can remove it. If you want your freedom of speech pay for your own web space.

  50. While I don’t agree with what happen you have to realize that freedom of speech does not apply here. The blog is owned and operated by MSN. If they don’t like what you wrote they can remove it. If you want your freedom of speech pay for your own web space.

  51. Does anyone have the e-mail addresses for Steve Liffick and Blake Irving at MS/MSN? I’m not planning to flame them or anything, I’d just like to follow up on this further.

  52. Does anyone have the e-mail addresses for Steve Liffick and Blake Irving at MS/MSN? I’m not planning to flame them or anything, I’d just like to follow up on this further.

  53. If this guy really doesn’t want to be sensored then he needs to go pay a hosting provider to host his own website. Then he can blog about what ever he wants. I host my blog on my own website because I know I can trust myself to not victimize myself with political concerns.

  54. If this guy really doesn’t want to be sensored then he needs to go pay a hosting provider to host his own website. Then he can blog about what ever he wants. I host my blog on my own website because I know I can trust myself to not victimize myself with political concerns.

  55. To agree with brave Scoble is noble but scarcely revealing:

    1) I vaguely remember having to accept the msn.spaces “MSN Website Terms of Use and Notices”, so legally, MSN had all the rights to do what they did.

    2) When it comes to Business in/with China politics are ALWAYS involved. It would be just [bold]naive[un-bold] to believe people would be allowed “free speech” or using the internet in ways the Chinese Government does not allow.

    3) So as noble it is to be “against” the policies of MSN in this case, it is ignorant not to see that western/global companies always choose “profit” and “business” over “moral” and “ethics”.

    We all know it, and – working for them or paying them – we quietly accept them to be the way they are. That certainly does not mean it is right.

  56. To agree with brave Scoble is noble but scarcely revealing:

    1) I vaguely remember having to accept the msn.spaces “MSN Website Terms of Use and Notices”, so legally, MSN had all the rights to do what they did.

    2) When it comes to Business in/with China politics are ALWAYS involved. It would be just [bold]naive[un-bold] to believe people would be allowed “free speech” or using the internet in ways the Chinese Government does not allow.

    3) So as noble it is to be “against” the policies of MSN in this case, it is ignorant not to see that western/global companies always choose “profit” and “business” over “moral” and “ethics”.

    We all know it, and – working for them or paying them – we quietly accept them to be the way they are. That certainly does not mean it is right.

  57. It will be interesting to see whether Scoble will succeed in creating a new positive good-employee stereotype and leading Microsoft employees and potential hires uncomfortable with the currently accepted Microsoft good-employee stereotypes to a place where they can be more comfortable with themselves, or if he’ll be slapped down.

  58. It will be interesting to see whether Scoble will succeed in creating a new positive good-employee stereotype and leading Microsoft employees and potential hires uncomfortable with the currently accepted Microsoft good-employee stereotypes to a place where they can be more comfortable with themselves, or if he’ll be slapped down.

  59. With globalization, businesses are adopting classroom politics: the class can only go as fast as the slowest student. The applies in the context of political restrictiveness. MS’s behaviour is ultimately bounded by the outliers like China. The question is whether corporations should take a moral-relativist approach and accept these boundaries, or overtly support human-rights organizations that aim to reduce the occurence of scenarios like Zhao Jing’s.

  60. With globalization, businesses are adopting classroom politics: the class can only go as fast as the slowest student. The applies in the context of political restrictiveness. MS’s behaviour is ultimately bounded by the outliers like China. The question is whether corporations should take a moral-relativist approach and accept these boundaries, or overtly support human-rights organizations that aim to reduce the occurence of scenarios like Zhao Jing’s.

  61. I’m not sure how I feel here. I just read through the MSN Spaces Code of Conduct again. It seems to quite clearly indicate that this type of censorship takes place and that by creating an MSN Spaces account, you agree to abide by those rules. How and by whom those rules are enforced is I suppose a different story and probably what I’d raise a bigger fuss about. Also, is the censorship uniform?

    I’d tend to agree here that if you don’t want to be censored, you need to host your own blog on your own server. Just my .02

  62. I’m not sure how I feel here. I just read through the MSN Spaces Code of Conduct again. It seems to quite clearly indicate that this type of censorship takes place and that by creating an MSN Spaces account, you agree to abide by those rules. How and by whom those rules are enforced is I suppose a different story and probably what I’d raise a bigger fuss about. Also, is the censorship uniform?

    I’d tend to agree here that if you don’t want to be censored, you need to host your own blog on your own server. Just my .02

  63. Just my 2p…

    (if this is what has happened, and if this is how it is and if this is the whole story then) I can understand why Microsoft did what they did, and I would probably do the same in their situation. It is not their job to impose a different set of rules on a country. Sure, I know they didn’t, its a free world and a US server, but at the end of the day, a Chinese guy started doing something which the Chinese authorities didn’t like, and they asked MSFT to do something for them. There’s a lot at stake here commercially (obviously) – an awful lot. But I also don’t think MSFT should be using its weight to “impose” democracy and free speech – after all, it isn’t what everyone wants (be that a good thing or not). Yes, it smells. But really, they were stuck between a rock and a hard place, and decided to choose a bit of bad low-level publicity versus potentially high-level publicity, law suits, even their software being banned in the country concerned.

  64. Just my 2p…

    (if this is what has happened, and if this is how it is and if this is the whole story then) I can understand why Microsoft did what they did, and I would probably do the same in their situation. It is not their job to impose a different set of rules on a country. Sure, I know they didn’t, its a free world and a US server, but at the end of the day, a Chinese guy started doing something which the Chinese authorities didn’t like, and they asked MSFT to do something for them. There’s a lot at stake here commercially (obviously) – an awful lot. But I also don’t think MSFT should be using its weight to “impose” democracy and free speech – after all, it isn’t what everyone wants (be that a good thing or not). Yes, it smells. But really, they were stuck between a rock and a hard place, and decided to choose a bit of bad low-level publicity versus potentially high-level publicity, law suits, even their software being banned in the country concerned.

  65. I can’t work out whether this is post was run past MS bosses before it hit the ‘presses’. If not, I’m assuming it can be justified by ensuring MS gets a scandal-reducing ‘good cop’ story out of it? Scoble to the rescue! (Again.)

  66. I can’t work out whether this is post was run past MS bosses before it hit the ‘presses’. If not, I’m assuming it can be justified by ensuring MS gets a scandal-reducing ‘good cop’ story out of it? Scoble to the rescue! (Again.)

  67. Um, Scoble, quick correction to comment #54. I (epigonic) said nada about you being in the same or different division as MSN. Not really relevant to my post. Will be interesting to see how this plays out for your colleagues nevertheless.

  68. Um, Scoble, quick correction to comment #54. I (epigonic) said nada about you being in the same or different division as MSN. Not really relevant to my post. Will be interesting to see how this plays out for your colleagues nevertheless.

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  70. Greetings,
    To allow the morals of the most-strict to judge what content can be seen by groups whose basic moral values are different is actually a form of moral ABSOLUTISM. It’s more akin to a pr0n site’s ISP kicking them off the net, because somewhere out there is an anti-pr0n user. It’s implicitly saying that there is a moral absolute, and it is the UNION of everything every influential group in the world thinks is bad.

    Moral relativism instead suggests that it is China’s responsibility to block off content that is unappealing to it. Microsoft shouldn’t, because it may be appealing to someone else, and it would be wrong to deny that ‘someone else’ access to it purely because China finds it unpleasant.

    I’m going to make a SWAG that the blog was removed for activity (statements?) that would be criminal in the users home country. I believe that the criminality of data should only be considered in the context of the hosting country, and then requires a government action to remove, but that is understandably a utopian view (from my Usenet years), undistorted by the need to make money in environments where politics and business are so irrevocably intertwingled.

    — Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

  71. Greetings,
    To allow the morals of the most-strict to judge what content can be seen by groups whose basic moral values are different is actually a form of moral ABSOLUTISM. It’s more akin to a pr0n site’s ISP kicking them off the net, because somewhere out there is an anti-pr0n user. It’s implicitly saying that there is a moral absolute, and it is the UNION of everything every influential group in the world thinks is bad.

    Moral relativism instead suggests that it is China’s responsibility to block off content that is unappealing to it. Microsoft shouldn’t, because it may be appealing to someone else, and it would be wrong to deny that ‘someone else’ access to it purely because China finds it unpleasant.

    I’m going to make a SWAG that the blog was removed for activity (statements?) that would be criminal in the users home country. I believe that the criminality of data should only be considered in the context of the hosting country, and then requires a government action to remove, but that is understandably a utopian view (from my Usenet years), undistorted by the need to make money in environments where politics and business are so irrevocably intertwingled.

    — Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!

  72. Well done, just too bad it’s another crisis, designed to take mind off the other crisis. Sleight of hand tricks. Back-channel the one most in immediate flames, cue up long-term problem, place on central burner, turn on high, divert attention. It’s Crisis Management PR 101.

    Cynical? Hey, I know PR.

    He already got burnt in another China mishap, not about to make same mistake twice. Least it learns. But you need mainstream media and political wailing to make this stick. Glad to have helped out. 😉

  73. Well done, just too bad it’s another crisis, designed to take mind off the other crisis. Sleight of hand tricks. Back-channel the one most in immediate flames, cue up long-term problem, place on central burner, turn on high, divert attention. It’s Crisis Management PR 101.

    Cynical? Hey, I know PR.

    He already got burnt in another China mishap, not about to make same mistake twice. Least it learns. But you need mainstream media and political wailing to make this stick. Glad to have helped out. 😉

  74. Morgan and all the other moral relativsts: if you think that moral values are not absolute: what if the case had been about childporn or racism instead? There is a set of irreducible, culture-independent set of principles that are necessary for human society to exist.

    The right for you not to be tortured/killed in cold blood is absolute. Also, do not confuse what is legal with what is moral. Hiding behind legalisms is for moral cowards with no spine.

    Regarding this case: MS did the commercially-correct morally-wrong thing. Yahoo/Google bow to China too. Should organisations be amoral? Complex world with lots of grey…

  75. Morgan and all the other moral relativsts: if you think that moral values are not absolute: what if the case had been about childporn or racism instead? There is a set of irreducible, culture-independent set of principles that are necessary for human society to exist.

    The right for you not to be tortured/killed in cold blood is absolute. Also, do not confuse what is legal with what is moral. Hiding behind legalisms is for moral cowards with no spine.

    Regarding this case: MS did the commercially-correct morally-wrong thing. Yahoo/Google bow to China too. Should organisations be amoral? Complex world with lots of grey…

  76. “It’s one thing to pull a list of words out of blogs using an algorithm.”

    Bull, that was *still* enabling censorship, the tool of these butchers. You’re almost there with this post, well done, now how about taking it all the way and stating that MS should not perform ANY censorship on behalf of totalitarian states?

  77. “It’s one thing to pull a list of words out of blogs using an algorithm.”

    Bull, that was *still* enabling censorship, the tool of these butchers. You’re almost there with this post, well done, now how about taking it all the way and stating that MS should not perform ANY censorship on behalf of totalitarian states?

  78. The whole censorship argument aside for a moment … what I don’t understand here is if this Anti guy wanted more control, why didn’t he setup his own domain and his own hosting? Why does he go to a third party blog host in China that has a very restrictive TOS?

    Bloggers need to stop crying censorship when they agree to a TOS in advance.

    The fact that Anti ran back to his previous third party host tells me this guy isn’t looking at this very intelligently.

  79. The whole censorship argument aside for a moment … what I don’t understand here is if this Anti guy wanted more control, why didn’t he setup his own domain and his own hosting? Why does he go to a third party blog host in China that has a very restrictive TOS?

    Bloggers need to stop crying censorship when they agree to a TOS in advance.

    The fact that Anti ran back to his previous third party host tells me this guy isn’t looking at this very intelligently.

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  81. Dude, you practice censorship of a more heinous variety on Channel 9.

    Get in touch with reality.

    …and consider one of those protein diets.

    I love you too!

    xx00

    shooby

  82. Dude, you practice censorship of a more heinous variety on Channel 9.

    Get in touch with reality.

    …and consider one of those protein diets.

    I love you too!

    xx00

    shooby

  83. Dennis: I’ll have more to say on this issue after I hear back from the folks involved. This decision was made in China so it’ll take some time, maybe even a day or two. Not to mention lots of stakeholders are scattered all over the world at the moment due to CES and other events.

  84. Dennis: I’ll have more to say on this issue after I hear back from the folks involved. This decision was made in China so it’ll take some time, maybe even a day or two. Not to mention lots of stakeholders are scattered all over the world at the moment due to CES and other events.

  85. I never understand why people complain about companies everytime something like this happens. Will everybody complains quit buying products that originate from china because they support their policies. Probably not.

    You guys get worked up over things once in a while, but never think through what your actions could cause too, but point at google, or yahoo or microsoft about something they did.

    Personally, I think if there is really a need for freedom of speech in china, the chinese can fight for it, it is no my place to tell them what rights they need. I am sure a 1.2 billion people can figure out what they want…

  86. I never understand why people complain about companies everytime something like this happens. Will everybody complains quit buying products that originate from china because they support their policies. Probably not.

    You guys get worked up over things once in a while, but never think through what your actions could cause too, but point at google, or yahoo or microsoft about something they did.

    Personally, I think if there is really a need for freedom of speech in china, the chinese can fight for it, it is no my place to tell them what rights they need. I am sure a 1.2 billion people can figure out what they want…

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  89. Microsoft have been disgusting. As someone who has traveled around china for a few months, government oppression is very very very real there. That an american company should be complicit in helping the government is disgusting.

    I fully support your dissent to your own company. Don’t feel afraid to raise your voice about this.

  90. Microsoft have been disgusting. As someone who has traveled around china for a few months, government oppression is very very very real there. That an american company should be complicit in helping the government is disgusting.

    I fully support your dissent to your own company. Don’t feel afraid to raise your voice about this.

  91. “As someone who has traveled around china for a few months….”

    Ah! A real expert! If I had a nickel for everyone who’s been in China for a few months and understands everything….

    Microsoft should not be aiding the Chinese government in this matter. I have hope but little confidence that scobleizer will be able to change MS policy.

  92. “As someone who has traveled around china for a few months….”

    Ah! A real expert! If I had a nickel for everyone who’s been in China for a few months and understands everything….

    Microsoft should not be aiding the Chinese government in this matter. I have hope but little confidence that scobleizer will be able to change MS policy.

  93. From Rebecca McKinnon’s blog

    “On December 16th I created a blog and attempted to make various posts with politically sensitive words. When I attempted to post entries with titles like “Tibet Independence” or “Falun Gong” (a banned religious group), I got an error message saying: “This item includes forbidden language. Please delete forbidden language from this item

    This was on Friday December 16th. By Monday the 19th, the whole blog had been taken down, just like Anti’s was on Dec.31st, with an error message: “This space is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.”

    For the apologists above, no, you don’t need to be a criminal (Falun Gong isn’t criminal, just banned). You just need to use words that MSN spaces has banned!

    “the blog remains inaccessible from the United States as well as from China. This means that the action was taken NOT by Chinese authorities responsible for filtering and censoring the internet for Chinese viewers, but by MSN staff at the level of the MSN servers.”

    For those in favour of the censorship/talking about Terms of Service – I didn’t notice you supporting Sony with their outrageous terms of service.

    @Scoble: Takes courage (for a change) to have posted what you did, I think you’ll find people will respect you for that, whatever the facts turn out to be.

  94. From Rebecca McKinnon’s blog

    “On December 16th I created a blog and attempted to make various posts with politically sensitive words. When I attempted to post entries with titles like “Tibet Independence” or “Falun Gong” (a banned religious group), I got an error message saying: “This item includes forbidden language. Please delete forbidden language from this item

    This was on Friday December 16th. By Monday the 19th, the whole blog had been taken down, just like Anti’s was on Dec.31st, with an error message: “This space is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.”

    For the apologists above, no, you don’t need to be a criminal (Falun Gong isn’t criminal, just banned). You just need to use words that MSN spaces has banned!

    “the blog remains inaccessible from the United States as well as from China. This means that the action was taken NOT by Chinese authorities responsible for filtering and censoring the internet for Chinese viewers, but by MSN staff at the level of the MSN servers.”

    For those in favour of the censorship/talking about Terms of Service – I didn’t notice you supporting Sony with their outrageous terms of service.

    @Scoble: Takes courage (for a change) to have posted what you did, I think you’ll find people will respect you for that, whatever the facts turn out to be.

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  96. Use your head for a second. The Chinese government is allowing foreign companies to do business there as long as they follow certain guidelines. One of these guidelines is to bow to govermental censorship when requested. They write the rules and if you want to play at all, you must obey. I doubt the msn people feel good about this.

    What is a solution to this? The only one that I see is that the Chinese people themselves tear down this evil system. Are you suggesting that non-governmental organizations like Microsoft and Google become catalysts for mass political change? The sad fact is that this isn’t what businesses do. Maybe corporate expectations are changing, due to our decaying planet, but I doubt this will change soon enough.

    This of course would be an excellent time for Apple to sponsor an underground democracy movement in China through proxied blogging. Hell, if you can fool the people into thinking that you actually give a shit about something more than turning a fast buck, then you have a chance of winning.

  97. Use your head for a second. The Chinese government is allowing foreign companies to do business there as long as they follow certain guidelines. One of these guidelines is to bow to govermental censorship when requested. They write the rules and if you want to play at all, you must obey. I doubt the msn people feel good about this.

    What is a solution to this? The only one that I see is that the Chinese people themselves tear down this evil system. Are you suggesting that non-governmental organizations like Microsoft and Google become catalysts for mass political change? The sad fact is that this isn’t what businesses do. Maybe corporate expectations are changing, due to our decaying planet, but I doubt this will change soon enough.

    This of course would be an excellent time for Apple to sponsor an underground democracy movement in China through proxied blogging. Hell, if you can fool the people into thinking that you actually give a shit about something more than turning a fast buck, then you have a chance of winning.

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  99. Thank you for this post. It bring new hope that people inside Microsoft will fight this censorship. And we shall also try to fight very hard in our western world for the signs of censorship here. There might not be the same kind of censorship, but the goal is the same – the people with power use power to shut down in people that potensially decrease their power.

    I like to draw your attention to censorship in our western world – inside Myspace, one of the most popular social networks for teenagers. Last week before Christmas Myspace.com censored all mentioning of Youtube.com and all linking to youtube videoclips. See more information on my blog here:

    http://samkoma.net/videoblog/?p=17

    Myspace also shut down my myspace account for a while, I assume it was because I was critical of the censorship and the blogoshere was starting up heated discussion about this. My account was later reopened. Myspace seem to be eager to destroy all traces of this censorship and evidence that it ever took place. This is very interesting example of how powerful and invisible censorship in our western world can be and how important it is for activism not to be dependent upon the media channels you are targeting.

  100. Thank you for this post. It bring new hope that people inside Microsoft will fight this censorship. And we shall also try to fight very hard in our western world for the signs of censorship here. There might not be the same kind of censorship, but the goal is the same – the people with power use power to shut down in people that potensially decrease their power.

    I like to draw your attention to censorship in our western world – inside Myspace, one of the most popular social networks for teenagers. Last week before Christmas Myspace.com censored all mentioning of Youtube.com and all linking to youtube videoclips. See more information on my blog here:

    http://samkoma.net/videoblog/?p=17

    Myspace also shut down my myspace account for a while, I assume it was because I was critical of the censorship and the blogoshere was starting up heated discussion about this. My account was later reopened. Myspace seem to be eager to destroy all traces of this censorship and evidence that it ever took place. This is very interesting example of how powerful and invisible censorship in our western world can be and how important it is for activism not to be dependent upon the media channels you are targeting.

  101. Wonderful post.

    The issue, S. Jorbs, is not so much Microsoft following the CCP’s rules. It is about Microsoft, an American company, on American soil, deleting blogs read all around the world because they have content that annoys the Chinese Communist Party. What will our world be like if American corporations, in their feverish pursuit of those 1.2 billion Chinese consumers, abandon all ethics and stoop to deeds hitherto unthinkable by an American company?

  102. Wonderful post.

    The issue, S. Jorbs, is not so much Microsoft following the CCP’s rules. It is about Microsoft, an American company, on American soil, deleting blogs read all around the world because they have content that annoys the Chinese Communist Party. What will our world be like if American corporations, in their feverish pursuit of those 1.2 billion Chinese consumers, abandon all ethics and stoop to deeds hitherto unthinkable by an American company?

  103. Hi Scobleizer, thanks for standing up and I do admire your courage.

    A lot here have been said about doing business in China must follow the Chinese rules or practices. This certainly has its merit, however this is only the half truth. Why most American companies will not and can not bribe their ways out in China as their Chinese competitors normally do? Because there is something called ‘Foreign Corrupt Practices Act(FCPA)’. The dire financial & reputational consequences of breaching such a US law prevent most Americans from doing under-the-table tricks which are ubiquitous in China. Do American business suffer? I assume so. Why not a lot of people cry for this?

    So the question is really at what price the Amercians, especailly the American government, will hold their moral high ground. Comparing with the billions of dollors the Americans (or at least half of the Americans) are willingly to shed to promote democracy in Middle-east, I do believe the financial consequences of Microsoft or Google or whoever who do not comply with Chinese blackmails will be just peanuts.

    Certainly, from any single corporation’s point of view, especially for those with big stake in China, loss of revenue there is an immediate pain. This is why I think the American government should step in, establishing something similar to the FCPA, forbiding US companies from assisting foreign governments to curb any democratic initiatives.

    Call me a dreamer at your will. As a Chinese who himself shed blood in Tiananmen square in 1989, I know how difficult it is for normal people to stand up and fight within. Anti is a courageous young man, he should be supported at any costs.

    PS1: Talking about Chinese laws, it is in China’s constitution that people have freedom of speech, freedom of forming parties etc. The only notable lack of freedom from a legal point of view is that Chinese are not allowed to strike, which suits American MNCs handsomely.

    PS2: I live in southern Germany, 2 miles from Swiss border, maybe not too far from your mom’s hometown 🙂

  104. Hi Scobleizer, thanks for standing up and I do admire your courage.

    A lot here have been said about doing business in China must follow the Chinese rules or practices. This certainly has its merit, however this is only the half truth. Why most American companies will not and can not bribe their ways out in China as their Chinese competitors normally do? Because there is something called ‘Foreign Corrupt Practices Act(FCPA)’. The dire financial & reputational consequences of breaching such a US law prevent most Americans from doing under-the-table tricks which are ubiquitous in China. Do American business suffer? I assume so. Why not a lot of people cry for this?

    So the question is really at what price the Amercians, especailly the American government, will hold their moral high ground. Comparing with the billions of dollors the Americans (or at least half of the Americans) are willingly to shed to promote democracy in Middle-east, I do believe the financial consequences of Microsoft or Google or whoever who do not comply with Chinese blackmails will be just peanuts.

    Certainly, from any single corporation’s point of view, especially for those with big stake in China, loss of revenue there is an immediate pain. This is why I think the American government should step in, establishing something similar to the FCPA, forbiding US companies from assisting foreign governments to curb any democratic initiatives.

    Call me a dreamer at your will. As a Chinese who himself shed blood in Tiananmen square in 1989, I know how difficult it is for normal people to stand up and fight within. Anti is a courageous young man, he should be supported at any costs.

    PS1: Talking about Chinese laws, it is in China’s constitution that people have freedom of speech, freedom of forming parties etc. The only notable lack of freedom from a legal point of view is that Chinese are not allowed to strike, which suits American MNCs handsomely.

    PS2: I live in southern Germany, 2 miles from Swiss border, maybe not too far from your mom’s hometown 🙂

  105. My best guess is that Microsoft censored the free blog because someone spoke to someone who spoke to someone.
    It’s not as if the blogger in question is low profile and it’s not as if this is the first time someone deliberately blogged controversial items in a rhetorical fashion.

    I’m more disappointed in Microsoft for being gullible enough to be used as a political tool.

    95% of bloggers live in the free world and yet they fail to understand that their selected webtool of free speech is neither free nor theirs. Some bloggers are aware of the above and and play the game, and the people, accordingly.

  106. My best guess is that Microsoft censored the free blog because someone spoke to someone who spoke to someone.
    It’s not as if the blogger in question is low profile and it’s not as if this is the first time someone deliberately blogged controversial items in a rhetorical fashion.

    I’m more disappointed in Microsoft for being gullible enough to be used as a political tool.

    95% of bloggers live in the free world and yet they fail to understand that their selected webtool of free speech is neither free nor theirs. Some bloggers are aware of the above and and play the game, and the people, accordingly.

  107. Microsoft, censoring now uuummmmmm, what next are they going to take on the role of the American Government? One wonders, what the hell they’re playing at. If Microsoft, want play at censoring, then why don’t they start censoring porn site with young children. I know every one should have freedom of speech on the web, but when it come to showing child porn then that should be censored!

  108. Microsoft, censoring now uuummmmmm, what next are they going to take on the role of the American Government? One wonders, what the hell they’re playing at. If Microsoft, want play at censoring, then why don’t they start censoring porn site with young children. I know every one should have freedom of speech on the web, but when it come to showing child porn then that should be censored!

  109. We all have to stand up together, some how we have to make the world we live in a better and free place for all manking no matter what collour or creed we are. We should not have to put up with the Bill Gate of this world.

  110. We all have to stand up together, some how we have to make the world we live in a better and free place for all manking no matter what collour or creed we are. We should not have to put up with the Bill Gate of this world.

  111. Time was when the CEO of any American company would openly denounce “Communism” in the normal course of doing business. Indeed, anti-communism was de rigeur in the business world and elsewhere. The idea of supporting a Communist regime in any way was looked on as unthinkably treasonous. Now that the “commies” are providing Wal-Mart and other corporations with cheap slave labor, I guess anti-communism is out of style, right?

    Apropos of what you said above, my own grandparents ran for their fucking lives from Nazi Germany. My grandmother’s sister and her family didn’t make it.

    I understand that according to the FBI, the greatest category of illegal immigrants to the USA is not Mexicans but Chinese. Did anyone stop to think about why people in that country would pay gangs of criminals called “snakeheads” to seal them into shipping containers with no windows, no toilets and no ventilation for a voyage across the Pacific which they might not even survive?

    As for confronting your employer, Mr. Scoble, I know that’s easier said than done. Most people would not even do what you’ve done here.

  112. Time was when the CEO of any American company would openly denounce “Communism” in the normal course of doing business. Indeed, anti-communism was de rigeur in the business world and elsewhere. The idea of supporting a Communist regime in any way was looked on as unthinkably treasonous. Now that the “commies” are providing Wal-Mart and other corporations with cheap slave labor, I guess anti-communism is out of style, right?

    Apropos of what you said above, my own grandparents ran for their fucking lives from Nazi Germany. My grandmother’s sister and her family didn’t make it.

    I understand that according to the FBI, the greatest category of illegal immigrants to the USA is not Mexicans but Chinese. Did anyone stop to think about why people in that country would pay gangs of criminals called “snakeheads” to seal them into shipping containers with no windows, no toilets and no ventilation for a voyage across the Pacific which they might not even survive?

    As for confronting your employer, Mr. Scoble, I know that’s easier said than done. Most people would not even do what you’ve done here.

  113. I’m here via BB, and given that one of the biggest struggles of the 21st century is likely to be the Freedom of the Internet vs. Oppressive States + Complicit Corporations, I’m very glad you’ve chosen to publicly take this position (thanks!)

    I sincerely hope you continue to say things like this, and make sure your company knows what it should not be doing, who it should not be complying with just to keep profit rolling in.

    China is only going to open itself to a free internet if it needs to. If Microsoft and other biggies comply instead of holding fast to values of freedom, there will be no need, and nothing will happen.

    The Oppression For Profit folks at Yahoo! and Google should be taking notes.

  114. I’m here via BB, and given that one of the biggest struggles of the 21st century is likely to be the Freedom of the Internet vs. Oppressive States + Complicit Corporations, I’m very glad you’ve chosen to publicly take this position (thanks!)

    I sincerely hope you continue to say things like this, and make sure your company knows what it should not be doing, who it should not be complying with just to keep profit rolling in.

    China is only going to open itself to a free internet if it needs to. If Microsoft and other biggies comply instead of holding fast to values of freedom, there will be no need, and nothing will happen.

    The Oppression For Profit folks at Yahoo! and Google should be taking notes.

  115. I know Robert Scoble is angry about that, me too.

    but do you know these statistics?
    Illiteracy population in China is 8.507 million. 80 million contrymen who are got low level education.

    I don’t know how much of them will listen to the high IQ clerisy and just do what they hear and never think it carefully. but I know that’s a very big number which can get the country to commotion, it will be bigger than the France commotion.

    And is Mr.Anti is the delegate of Chinese?

    ps. I am Chinese who are live in China, too.

  116. Dare, really, when has Robert ever let fact checking get in the way of his self-aggrandizement as “hero for the people”? I mean, this isn’t the first time he’s gone on the attack against fellow MSFT employees without checking the facts first. It’s always “post first, verify and apologize later, never let anything get in the way of having the biggest first post penis”.

    Robert will of course, end up apologizing for the thugs comment, (which was completely out of line), and make another empty promise to be better about checking facts before posting.

    Really, I think if it wasn’t part of their jobs to do so, I’ll guess that a lot of MS people would hesitate to talk to Robert, since he doesn’t care who he damages on his way to be first.

  117. Dare, really, when has Robert ever let fact checking get in the way of his self-aggrandizement as “hero for the people”? I mean, this isn’t the first time he’s gone on the attack against fellow MSFT employees without checking the facts first. It’s always “post first, verify and apologize later, never let anything get in the way of having the biggest first post penis”.

    Robert will of course, end up apologizing for the thugs comment, (which was completely out of line), and make another empty promise to be better about checking facts before posting.

    Really, I think if it wasn’t part of their jobs to do so, I’ll guess that a lot of MS people would hesitate to talk to Robert, since he doesn’t care who he damages on his way to be first.

  118. John C. Welch, what is exactly the fact as you know? MSN Space shut off the whole blog of a well known Chinese political disident. How do you explain this? If Anti has broken any Chinese law, why he is still at large?

  119. John C. Welch, what is exactly the fact as you know? MSN Space shut off the whole blog of a well known Chinese political disident. How do you explain this? If Anti has broken any Chinese law, why he is still at large?

  120. postpostmodern: “The right for you not to be tortured/killed in cold blood is absolute.” While the world may currently recognize this as a basic human right, it’s a bit “out there” to suggest that this is “absolute.” I get fairly annoyed at moral relativism myself, but I’m perfectly aware that the morals that are culturally ingrained in me are just that… ingrained from my culture.

    Are sharks immoral because they kill in cold blood? No, they are amoral with regard to the moral context that I use. If you are a shark, you have a much different set of moral values.

    Likewise, were the members of the Donner Party immoral? Is it moral relativism to suggest that they did what was necessary to survive? Is it any less necessary for the Chinese gov’t to behave in a certain way to preserve itself? If they do not know any other way to survive but to continue along the same path they’ve been on for a generation, is it surprising that they would behave this way?

    There are cultures that have no problems with selling children into prostitution for the family to survive. It’s easy for me to call them immoral, but I’m not the one staring at the possibility of the rest of my family starving to death in an impoverished nation and no opportunities to “pull myself up by my own bootstraps.”

    Drawing morally lines in the sand is fun, but to suggest that there are culturally independent demarcations is a bit naive, don’t you think?

  121. postpostmodern: “The right for you not to be tortured/killed in cold blood is absolute.” While the world may currently recognize this as a basic human right, it’s a bit “out there” to suggest that this is “absolute.” I get fairly annoyed at moral relativism myself, but I’m perfectly aware that the morals that are culturally ingrained in me are just that… ingrained from my culture.

    Are sharks immoral because they kill in cold blood? No, they are amoral with regard to the moral context that I use. If you are a shark, you have a much different set of moral values.

    Likewise, were the members of the Donner Party immoral? Is it moral relativism to suggest that they did what was necessary to survive? Is it any less necessary for the Chinese gov’t to behave in a certain way to preserve itself? If they do not know any other way to survive but to continue along the same path they’ve been on for a generation, is it surprising that they would behave this way?

    There are cultures that have no problems with selling children into prostitution for the family to survive. It’s easy for me to call them immoral, but I’m not the one staring at the possibility of the rest of my family starving to death in an impoverished nation and no opportunities to “pull myself up by my own bootstraps.”

    Drawing morally lines in the sand is fun, but to suggest that there are culturally independent demarcations is a bit naive, don’t you think?

  122. I commend you on your challenging the bosses terrible actions!
    Supporting a regime that thrives on propaganda, brutality, and violence to anyone who voices dissent is a serious black mark on your employers’ record.
    While many blogs are simply an online diary that gives us the opportunity to whine about the ex husbands or how tiring our Xmas shopping was (mine included), it upsets me that people have had their very lives jeopardized simply for putting their thoughts online.
    For shame, Bill!

  123. I commend you on your challenging the bosses terrible actions!
    Supporting a regime that thrives on propaganda, brutality, and violence to anyone who voices dissent is a serious black mark on your employers’ record.
    While many blogs are simply an online diary that gives us the opportunity to whine about the ex husbands or how tiring our Xmas shopping was (mine included), it upsets me that people have had their very lives jeopardized simply for putting their thoughts online.
    For shame, Bill!

  124. Robert,

    when you get a chance you need to read this:
    http://www.cia.gov/nic/NIC_2020_project.html

    and you also want to glance at this:
    http://weblog.jrc.cec.eu.int/comments/wallstrom/Weblog/corporate_responsibility

    and I guess you’ve followed this:
    http://weblogs.asp.net/edaniel/archive/2006/01/05/434548.aspx

    It’s not easy, it’s complex – what’s easy is what the business needs to do – what is complex is making the decision to do what is in the interest of business over other issues – where does the capitalist’s conscience lie? I recently read USA gave more aid to Uzbekistan than the entire African continent (http://www.voidstar.com/node.php?id=2640)- I guess it’s a good job Bill’s doing his bit for HIV in Africa.

  125. Robert,

    when you get a chance you need to read this:
    http://www.cia.gov/nic/NIC_2020_project.html

    and you also want to glance at this:
    http://weblog.jrc.cec.eu.int/comments/wallstrom/Weblog/corporate_responsibility

    and I guess you’ve followed this:
    http://weblogs.asp.net/edaniel/archive/2006/01/05/434548.aspx

    It’s not easy, it’s complex – what’s easy is what the business needs to do – what is complex is making the decision to do what is in the interest of business over other issues – where does the capitalist’s conscience lie? I recently read USA gave more aid to Uzbekistan than the entire African continent (http://www.voidstar.com/node.php?id=2640)- I guess it’s a good job Bill’s doing his bit for HIV in Africa.

  126. What MSN is doing for their Communist Chinese masters isn’t all that different from what Yahoo does. Lost Budgie wrote of Yahoo’s helping to jail a dissident…

    “Chinese Journalist Shi Tao dared to mention the 15th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

    He will now be rotting in a Chinese prison for the next TEN YEARS because Yahoo! “enthusiastically” assisted Chinese Secret Police thugs to find the journalist’s identity”

    “During an address to the Alibaba China Internet Summit, Yahoo’s Chief Jerry Yang admitted that his company assists the Chinese Secret Police, but excused the behaviour by saying, “I don’t like the outcome of what happened with this thing, we get a lot of these orders, but we have to comply with the law and that’s what we need to do.”

    “Lost Budgie’s Aunt Reby reminds Mr. Yang that he sounds an awful lot like some other people in Germany and France who, in another time, made similar statements about having to comply with the law – no matter what the consequences.”

    OF COURSE, we have to remember that the Communist Chinese are very resourceful…

    From 101 Uses For An Executed Chinese

    Gotta hand it to those Communists in China…

    So resourceful! So innovative!

    So Evil.

    A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to manufacture beauty products.

    No surprise, really. After all, these are the same Communist despots who drive tanks over teenagers, kick old people to death for possessing a Bible, kidnap pregnant women to perform abortions and sterilizations against their will, and sentence people to death based upon the government’s ability to sell executed prisoners’ body parts.

  127. What MSN is doing for their Communist Chinese masters isn’t all that different from what Yahoo does. Lost Budgie wrote of Yahoo’s helping to jail a dissident…

    “Chinese Journalist Shi Tao dared to mention the 15th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

    He will now be rotting in a Chinese prison for the next TEN YEARS because Yahoo! “enthusiastically” assisted Chinese Secret Police thugs to find the journalist’s identity”

    “During an address to the Alibaba China Internet Summit, Yahoo’s Chief Jerry Yang admitted that his company assists the Chinese Secret Police, but excused the behaviour by saying, “I don’t like the outcome of what happened with this thing, we get a lot of these orders, but we have to comply with the law and that’s what we need to do.”

    “Lost Budgie’s Aunt Reby reminds Mr. Yang that he sounds an awful lot like some other people in Germany and France who, in another time, made similar statements about having to comply with the law – no matter what the consequences.”

    OF COURSE, we have to remember that the Communist Chinese are very resourceful…

    From 101 Uses For An Executed Chinese

    Gotta hand it to those Communists in China…

    So resourceful! So innovative!

    So Evil.

    A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to manufacture beauty products.

    No surprise, really. After all, these are the same Communist despots who drive tanks over teenagers, kick old people to death for possessing a Bible, kidnap pregnant women to perform abortions and sterilizations against their will, and sentence people to death based upon the government’s ability to sell executed prisoners’ body parts.

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  130. Rob, you say “it’s another thing” to censor an entire blogger’s work. I disagree – deleting certain words like Democracy and human rights is MORE pernicious than deleting an entire article. It presents an article censored and approved by the Chinese government as if it were true and independent. At least, if the work is deleted entirely, the empty space stands as a stinging indictment of censorship and an embarrasment to the authorities. It could be the catalyst for widespread resistance against such censorship, whereas tolerating the ongoing interference ensures it continues, unnoticed and unchallenged.

  131. Rob, you say “it’s another thing” to censor an entire blogger’s work. I disagree – deleting certain words like Democracy and human rights is MORE pernicious than deleting an entire article. It presents an article censored and approved by the Chinese government as if it were true and independent. At least, if the work is deleted entirely, the empty space stands as a stinging indictment of censorship and an embarrasment to the authorities. It could be the catalyst for widespread resistance against such censorship, whereas tolerating the ongoing interference ensures it continues, unnoticed and unchallenged.

  132. I guess this is the future.

    The most important task of any government that isn’t even pretending to be an open society is control of the information environment.

    Yahoo and Microsoft are so desperate — for bona fide bottom line purposes — for their cut of the huge Chinese market that they play by China’s rules.

    China hasn’t asked these tech giants to sell them tanks and machine guns to use to suppress free speech violently as they did in Tienamen Square.

    No … they’re insisting that Yahoo and Microsoft help them with the electtronic information infrastructure — they’re asking Microsft and Yahoo for the digital tools to suppress free speech. And Microsoft and Yahoo are cooperating. Yahoo’s cooperation — supplying e-mail origin data to the police — has put a Chinese human rights activist in prison. Microsoft so far is just helping the Chinese government gag its people.

    These are American companies, whatever that means. But the big question is: As American supercompany tech evolves over the next decade, how will giants like Microsoft and Yahoo resist US government pressures to control and censor the public’s information environment? Doesn’t the US government — NSA, FBI, Homeland Security — have a powerful argument with “You did it for China. Why won’t you do it for your own country?”

    In other words, market pressure on the tech infrastructure giants is pressure to play ball with every country’s organs of state security. We’ve just seen the Chinese vanguard first. China is barely embarrassed about its totalitarian police-state nature.

    But how will Microsoft, Yahoo and the other US tech and telecommunications giants behave when the US government asks them to Play Ball in ways not strictly required by existing laws? With Microsoft and Yahoo’s help, I think we’re seeing the last days of free Internet speech in the USA. Citizens’ and customers’ rights can’t compete with the need to succeed and grow in the marketplace.

  133. I guess this is the future.

    The most important task of any government that isn’t even pretending to be an open society is control of the information environment.

    Yahoo and Microsoft are so desperate — for bona fide bottom line purposes — for their cut of the huge Chinese market that they play by China’s rules.

    China hasn’t asked these tech giants to sell them tanks and machine guns to use to suppress free speech violently as they did in Tienamen Square.

    No … they’re insisting that Yahoo and Microsoft help them with the electtronic information infrastructure — they’re asking Microsft and Yahoo for the digital tools to suppress free speech. And Microsoft and Yahoo are cooperating. Yahoo’s cooperation — supplying e-mail origin data to the police — has put a Chinese human rights activist in prison. Microsoft so far is just helping the Chinese government gag its people.

    These are American companies, whatever that means. But the big question is: As American supercompany tech evolves over the next decade, how will giants like Microsoft and Yahoo resist US government pressures to control and censor the public’s information environment? Doesn’t the US government — NSA, FBI, Homeland Security — have a powerful argument with “You did it for China. Why won’t you do it for your own country?”

    In other words, market pressure on the tech infrastructure giants is pressure to play ball with every country’s organs of state security. We’ve just seen the Chinese vanguard first. China is barely embarrassed about its totalitarian police-state nature.

    But how will Microsoft, Yahoo and the other US tech and telecommunications giants behave when the US government asks them to Play Ball in ways not strictly required by existing laws? With Microsoft and Yahoo’s help, I think we’re seeing the last days of free Internet speech in the USA. Citizens’ and customers’ rights can’t compete with the need to succeed and grow in the marketplace.

  134. What it means to be an ‘American company’ is that they’re subject to American law. Although you can question whether it’s appropriate or not generally, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the U.S.A. governs the conduct of ‘American’ companies wherever they do business.
    If MSN, Yahoo, and others had bribed the Chinese gov’t with cash, material gifts, etc. to win or retain business, they could and probably would be prosecuted in the U.S.A. under this Act. But apparently the U.S. Justice Department is taking the position that staying in the good graces of Chinese officials for the welfare of their business by ‘bribing’ them with censorship, violations of client confidentiality and other repugnant behaviors is not a violation of the Act.
    I wonder if U.S. courts would view it the same way, and I wonder if it’s possible for private individuals to sue under the F.C.P.A.?

  135. What it means to be an ‘American company’ is that they’re subject to American law. Although you can question whether it’s appropriate or not generally, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the U.S.A. governs the conduct of ‘American’ companies wherever they do business.
    If MSN, Yahoo, and others had bribed the Chinese gov’t with cash, material gifts, etc. to win or retain business, they could and probably would be prosecuted in the U.S.A. under this Act. But apparently the U.S. Justice Department is taking the position that staying in the good graces of Chinese officials for the welfare of their business by ‘bribing’ them with censorship, violations of client confidentiality and other repugnant behaviors is not a violation of the Act.
    I wonder if U.S. courts would view it the same way, and I wonder if it’s possible for private individuals to sue under the F.C.P.A.?

  136. Thank you for taking a stand on this issue – it is a tough one to be sure – exporting our beliefs and culture to another nation is a tough issue, but in this case, the conversation should focus on the universal right of self expression – if only we could get a broader authority involved here, but there is no quick solution for the Chinese oppression. The gun they hold to the head of the corporation is obvious – we need a better strategy…

  137. Thank you for taking a stand on this issue – it is a tough one to be sure – exporting our beliefs and culture to another nation is a tough issue, but in this case, the conversation should focus on the universal right of self expression – if only we could get a broader authority involved here, but there is no quick solution for the Chinese oppression. The gun they hold to the head of the corporation is obvious – we need a better strategy…

  138. My european voice:
    I’m not surprised by the Microsoft’s behavior. “Microsoft makes money” – is there any other ethical policy? Robert is right: Today Microsoft’s opportunism costs a single and independent opinion inside a regime – tomorrow may be it will cost the independency of any minority. Staff of Microsoft: YOU are Microsoft’s voice and not some top managers who have forgotten the basic principle “protect those who have no political protection”.

  139. My european voice:
    I’m not surprised by the Microsoft’s behavior. “Microsoft makes money” – is there any other ethical policy? Robert is right: Today Microsoft’s opportunism costs a single and independent opinion inside a regime – tomorrow may be it will cost the independency of any minority. Staff of Microsoft: YOU are Microsoft’s voice and not some top managers who have forgotten the basic principle “protect those who have no political protection”.

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  141. I think it is too much to ask of any corporation, to go and actually break a law of Chinese govt.

    Though the situation raises some serious ethical concerns, it is not upto Microsoft, Yahoo or one single corporation to interfere in the politics of the region. Maybe US government should ponder over this issue and talk to the Chinese govt.

    I personally think, corporations should stick to what they do the best, i.e. business and leave political affairs to politicians. When companies start taking ethical matters into their hands and start breaking national laws, it might prove to be disastrous.

  142. I think it is too much to ask of any corporation, to go and actually break a law of Chinese govt.

    Though the situation raises some serious ethical concerns, it is not upto Microsoft, Yahoo or one single corporation to interfere in the politics of the region. Maybe US government should ponder over this issue and talk to the Chinese govt.

    I personally think, corporations should stick to what they do the best, i.e. business and leave political affairs to politicians. When companies start taking ethical matters into their hands and start breaking national laws, it might prove to be disastrous.

  143. Oh yeah! I like what MS has done! you see in the end it’s the Chinese government that pays MS big moneys under the table in the long run! I don’t think the chinese want to register any shiitt windows at all! I bet they’d rather stick it with the cheap Linux or Mac, only dudes whom play PC games needs plush sshhiitt winodws of MS’s …

  144. Oh yeah! I like what MS has done! you see in the end it’s the Chinese government that pays MS big moneys under the table in the long run! I don’t think the chinese want to register any shiitt windows at all! I bet they’d rather stick it with the cheap Linux or Mac, only dudes whom play PC games needs plush sshhiitt winodws of MS’s …

  145. Huh?! That the chinese government bans dudes in china? or was that there’s no DUDES in CHINA after all? IF they’ve got dudes in CHINA, why the ffuucckk they bans this & that all over the places?!

  146. Huh?! That the chinese government bans dudes in china? or was that there’s no DUDES in CHINA after all? IF they’ve got dudes in CHINA, why the ffuucckk they bans this & that all over the places?!

  147. THE Scobleizer..inator…master hero dude…

    Way to goooo!!!!! You had the courage to stand up and be HEARD and now Microsoft has changed its policy. I know Microsoft wants to do business in China and they are trying to balance their interests with the government, but in this case, MSN was being a pawn of oppression. Clearly. You were right and you stood on sound moral ground. Being IN China can help in making changes over time, but at some point a company must honor ITS values and those of caring about people. Microsoft has done the right thing…thanks to YOU and your friends there. MAJOR!!!!

  148. THE Scobleizer..inator…master hero dude…

    Way to goooo!!!!! You had the courage to stand up and be HEARD and now Microsoft has changed its policy. I know Microsoft wants to do business in China and they are trying to balance their interests with the government, but in this case, MSN was being a pawn of oppression. Clearly. You were right and you stood on sound moral ground. Being IN China can help in making changes over time, but at some point a company must honor ITS values and those of caring about people. Microsoft has done the right thing…thanks to YOU and your friends there. MAJOR!!!!

  149. Microsoft is but-kissing, it kisses the US in order
    to gain favors, now it is kissing China,s ass in
    order to gain favors there since the EU does
    not favor Microsoft’s ass kissing. That is the sole
    reason of why Ms operates as it does.

  150. Microsoft is but-kissing, it kisses the US in order
    to gain favors, now it is kissing China,s ass in
    order to gain favors there since the EU does
    not favor Microsoft’s ass kissing. That is the sole
    reason of why Ms operates as it does.

  151. From Bill Clinton era:

    Supporting Freedom of Speech on the Internet
    by Bill Gates
    CEO Microsoft
    From the Internet

    “…The Internet’s potential is enormous, and the stakes are high. The Internet can raise the quality of political debate, the quality of education, the quality of life. It is precious and important, and we must not take it for granted…

    …The free exchange of ideas on a global basis is something that is important for the U.S. politically and economically. Let’s not undermine the world-wide trend toward free expression by setting a bad example when it comes to free speech on a computer network.

    http://www.hevanet.com/kort/GATES1.HTM

    Fast forward to:
    January, 27 2006

    Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, took the rare step of standing up for arch-rival Google today as he argued that state censorship was no reason for technology companies not to do business in China.

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,19149-2012784,00.html

    It’s reasons like this that make me glad I use Linux. http://fedora.redhat.com/

    Money talks, bs walks.

  152. From Bill Clinton era:

    Supporting Freedom of Speech on the Internet
    by Bill Gates
    CEO Microsoft
    From the Internet

    “…The Internet’s potential is enormous, and the stakes are high. The Internet can raise the quality of political debate, the quality of education, the quality of life. It is precious and important, and we must not take it for granted…

    …The free exchange of ideas on a global basis is something that is important for the U.S. politically and economically. Let’s not undermine the world-wide trend toward free expression by setting a bad example when it comes to free speech on a computer network.

    http://www.hevanet.com/kort/GATES1.HTM

    Fast forward to:
    January, 27 2006

    Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, took the rare step of standing up for arch-rival Google today as he argued that state censorship was no reason for technology companies not to do business in China.

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,19149-2012784,00.html

    It’s reasons like this that make me glad I use Linux. http://fedora.redhat.com/

    Money talks, bs walks.

  153. This is a repost… apparently my post was taken down, not sure why all I had to say was this:
    From the Bill Clinton era
    http://www.hevanet.com/kort/GATES1.HTM

    Supporting Freedom of Speech on the Internet
    by Bill Gates
    CEO Microsoft
    from the Internet
    The Internet is the first medium that allows anyone with reasonably inexpensive equipment to publish to a wide audience. It is the first medium that distributes information globally at almost no marginal cost.
    The Internet’s potential is enormous, and the stakes are high. The Internet can raise the quality of political debate, the quality of education, the quality of life. It is precious and important, and we must not take it for granted…
    …The free exchange of ideas on a global basis is something that is important for the U.S. politically and economically. Let’s not undermine the world-wide trend toward free expression by setting a bad example when it comes to free speech on a computer network.

    Then forward to January 27, 2006:

    Billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates took the rare step of standing up for arch-rival Google today as he argued that state censorship was no reason for technology companies not to do business in China.

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,19149-2012784,00.html

    It seems my post was removed because maybe it was the fact that I left a link to my favorite penguin?
    Whatever the reason, it seems that Billy made an about face.

    If in fact my post has not been removed, then I apologize. If it has been intentionally removed, then that’s Irony!

  154. This is a repost… apparently my post was taken down, not sure why all I had to say was this:
    From the Bill Clinton era
    http://www.hevanet.com/kort/GATES1.HTM

    Supporting Freedom of Speech on the Internet
    by Bill Gates
    CEO Microsoft
    from the Internet
    The Internet is the first medium that allows anyone with reasonably inexpensive equipment to publish to a wide audience. It is the first medium that distributes information globally at almost no marginal cost.
    The Internet’s potential is enormous, and the stakes are high. The Internet can raise the quality of political debate, the quality of education, the quality of life. It is precious and important, and we must not take it for granted…
    …The free exchange of ideas on a global basis is something that is important for the U.S. politically and economically. Let’s not undermine the world-wide trend toward free expression by setting a bad example when it comes to free speech on a computer network.

    Then forward to January 27, 2006:

    Billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates took the rare step of standing up for arch-rival Google today as he argued that state censorship was no reason for technology companies not to do business in China.

    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,19149-2012784,00.html

    It seems my post was removed because maybe it was the fact that I left a link to my favorite penguin?
    Whatever the reason, it seems that Billy made an about face.

    If in fact my post has not been removed, then I apologize. If it has been intentionally removed, then that’s Irony!

  155. “But, the behavior of my company in this instance is not right.”

    I think you meant:

    “But, the bevaious of the company that employees me in this instance is not right.”

    Your writing style is teh suck!1

    Of course, a normal person wouldn’t have made this mistake, very Freudian, you have issues.

  156. “But, the behavior of my company in this instance is not right.”

    I think you meant:

    “But, the bevaious of the company that employees me in this instance is not right.”

    Your writing style is teh suck!1

    Of course, a normal person wouldn’t have made this mistake, very Freudian, you have issues.

  157. i will tell u same thing. billgates was being b-mailed by Ramseys and wanted it to stop.he hired it done through paul allen.the Alameda mob handled the recruitment of muscle. the muscle and brains were flown from cal to colo to perform a nefarious deed.the Ramsey jet was used. a Red Lear. and a white cargo plane met the lear at end of runway and surrepticiously transferred both men . they bailed tandom over boulder and set down near 15th street.a gate to storm drain tunnel had been compromised and two blue and white trail bikes were w8ing.the two went thru the tunnel and stopped under 15th st. they muscled up the manhole cover and emerged about midnite and wlked crx the st to gate. a short butler let them in. a girl was in basement. she knew the whereabouts of master disk. John Ramsey entered the alcove where the comp was waving a handgun. He was disarmed. he was made to hold a string at bottom of door to basement that held the life of jonbenet in its balance. a blue floor lamp and a blu box where she stood. the lamp was held up by string and the cord was around her nek she stood on blue wooden box. the disk was given up ass part of secret compartment in alcove . it was in a box and tapes of b-mail vicims seducing jonbenet were in box. a disk was put in commodore and after pounding the way in the names of victims appeared on screen. each with code name. katzenjammer etc. teddy bear.john was left on his knees and the perps left thru the bak. they crawled out to manhole cover in bakyard and muscled up cover.the bikes were warm and reddy at bottom of ladder.they rode to the culvert and emerged on road where limo picked them upa dn drove them a short ways to roadside. a lift was in place and a plane was coming. the hook grabbed and they were lifted out and over to Vegas. where they were met by paul Allen and Lear jet. the disk was checked over and then the muscle was flown bak to cal.

  158. i will tell u same thing. billgates was being b-mailed by Ramseys and wanted it to stop.he hired it done through paul allen.the Alameda mob handled the recruitment of muscle. the muscle and brains were flown from cal to colo to perform a nefarious deed.the Ramsey jet was used. a Red Lear. and a white cargo plane met the lear at end of runway and surrepticiously transferred both men . they bailed tandom over boulder and set down near 15th street.a gate to storm drain tunnel had been compromised and two blue and white trail bikes were w8ing.the two went thru the tunnel and stopped under 15th st. they muscled up the manhole cover and emerged about midnite and wlked crx the st to gate. a short butler let them in. a girl was in basement. she knew the whereabouts of master disk. John Ramsey entered the alcove where the comp was waving a handgun. He was disarmed. he was made to hold a string at bottom of door to basement that held the life of jonbenet in its balance. a blue floor lamp and a blu box where she stood. the lamp was held up by string and the cord was around her nek she stood on blue wooden box. the disk was given up ass part of secret compartment in alcove . it was in a box and tapes of b-mail vicims seducing jonbenet were in box. a disk was put in commodore and after pounding the way in the names of victims appeared on screen. each with code name. katzenjammer etc. teddy bear.john was left on his knees and the perps left thru the bak. they crawled out to manhole cover in bakyard and muscled up cover.the bikes were warm and reddy at bottom of ladder.they rode to the culvert and emerged on road where limo picked them upa dn drove them a short ways to roadside. a lift was in place and a plane was coming. the hook grabbed and they were lifted out and over to Vegas. where they were met by paul Allen and Lear jet. the disk was checked over and then the muscle was flown bak to cal.

  159. Now that Gates has announced his transition from msn to melinda gates foundation,do u think he is mimmune from ne prior responsibilities? since i have no paper trail connecting gates to jonbenet i need to dig it up.only my word that he hired me to do jonbenet. its not sufficient to bring gates to his knees.he is distancing himself slowly from msn. 2 years to get out.nothing is going to chx what he did. hiring a hit on jonbenet is unforgivable.the men in blak on the lear jet know what happened xmas 96. i wonder if they have been silenced?the crew that cut the lox on the storm drain gates. are they alive?there may be more casualties than just jonbenet.hope to keep things alive. luky

  160. Now that Gates has announced his transition from msn to melinda gates foundation,do u think he is mimmune from ne prior responsibilities? since i have no paper trail connecting gates to jonbenet i need to dig it up.only my word that he hired me to do jonbenet. its not sufficient to bring gates to his knees.he is distancing himself slowly from msn. 2 years to get out.nothing is going to chx what he did. hiring a hit on jonbenet is unforgivable.the men in blak on the lear jet know what happened xmas 96. i wonder if they have been silenced?the crew that cut the lox on the storm drain gates. are they alive?there may be more casualties than just jonbenet.hope to keep things alive. luky

  161. i am considering the possibilities or alternative avenues billg may have befor grand jury indicts him on rico statutes. connected to ordering the hit.what course i must take to see that gates fortune doesn’t wind up in a tax shelter. i am amazed that the treasury would let such a grand sum fall out of its jurisdiction. if i prevail very little of the money will go offshore.that’s a guarantee.of sorts. or not! he can settle with me on the court house steps if he wishes.so to speak.only bill or melinda can answer that.since it was melinda that set up the interview at Stone boatyard. i would say she is as much to blame as ne one.

  162. i am considering the possibilities or alternative avenues billg may have befor grand jury indicts him on rico statutes. connected to ordering the hit.what course i must take to see that gates fortune doesn’t wind up in a tax shelter. i am amazed that the treasury would let such a grand sum fall out of its jurisdiction. if i prevail very little of the money will go offshore.that’s a guarantee.of sorts. or not! he can settle with me on the court house steps if he wishes.so to speak.only bill or melinda can answer that.since it was melinda that set up the interview at Stone boatyard. i would say she is as much to blame as ne one.

  163. if billg chex out like ken boy did it will b tuff to get a judgement against him.kidnapping attempted murder murder organized criminal activity. he had the finest minds figure out how to get to joni.no one in thier rite mind would believe how it was really done.the planning and execution was superb. evry detail worked out to the minute.the question lingers.. who washed up the evidence? how were the ramseys able to keep the blue box and Blue lamp out of the authorities attn?it must have taken a lot of work to get rid of the Barby play house and all the rest of the junk.how did they get in the basement? the door knob was twisted and the pawl was broken. the jet pilot was questioned / or not.he was the bak up at the house in the plot to get the tape from ramsey. gates offered to pay . the money would be abord the jet from cal. billg had moved his alexander pres to Stone boatyard. the money was substituted for two men. the next move was on John Ramsey.

  164. if billg chex out like ken boy did it will b tuff to get a judgement against him.kidnapping attempted murder murder organized criminal activity. he had the finest minds figure out how to get to joni.no one in thier rite mind would believe how it was really done.the planning and execution was superb. evry detail worked out to the minute.the question lingers.. who washed up the evidence? how were the ramseys able to keep the blue box and Blue lamp out of the authorities attn?it must have taken a lot of work to get rid of the Barby play house and all the rest of the junk.how did they get in the basement? the door knob was twisted and the pawl was broken. the jet pilot was questioned / or not.he was the bak up at the house in the plot to get the tape from ramsey. gates offered to pay . the money would be abord the jet from cal. billg had moved his alexander pres to Stone boatyard. the money was substituted for two men. the next move was on John Ramsey.

  165. it seems that the truth must b aproved by some one. how does that occur? i tell the story and no one has the energy to check it o ut. oh well. who is to b believed. should it be decided by the networks? which are mostly msn. or should this be given closer scrutiny? what ever. at this rate it will never happen. so many interests in it not happening. stifled and cut off.get bak to me

  166. it seems that the truth must b aproved by some one. how does that occur? i tell the story and no one has the energy to check it o ut. oh well. who is to b believed. should it be decided by the networks? which are mostly msn. or should this be given closer scrutiny? what ever. at this rate it will never happen. so many interests in it not happening. stifled and cut off.get bak to me

  167. >>>it is possible there is proof billg and patsy ramsey came in contact at a beauty pagent pre xmas96.so b it. the red leer jet pilot could b a source of evidence. it was a long flight bak and i fell asleep but i herd one of the passengers yelling what scum i was.he was dressed in Blak as were the rest of the crew.i was hevily drugged and barely concious until we landed in cal. it figgered to me that so many peeps knew about the mission we would be caught soon. i suffered serious trauma and memory loss wen i was unceremoniously dumped into Alameda canal.my boat, the “loriet”,was sitting behind a alexander belonging to msn.i got loose and waited on other side from Stone Boat and then swam bak. i had been gone several days. time was not accounted for. i knew the mgm at the hotel paul Allen and i went to in Vegas would never forget me. I pulled up a tree from a large planter and set it on the gold carpet entrance. whereupon i sang a song. i was confronted by the owner. he said i had a good voice and he wanted me to sing at his restaurant next door.i told him i wasn’t sure i would live that long/. he assured me that as long as i was at his place nothing would happen to me. as long as i paid for the carpet to be cleaned. we met up with others and went to a very expensive flat. then we limoed to lvx and shttled bak to cal on the red lear.but the days after the dunking i was shaking. how many times would they try to kill me.?oh well i stuk it out for the next two years at fisherman’s wharf and ran into P A once more befor i felt it was necessary to flee to mexico. run south of the border. which i did.cont.

  168. >>>it is possible there is proof billg and patsy ramsey came in contact at a beauty pagent pre xmas96.so b it. the red leer jet pilot could b a source of evidence. it was a long flight bak and i fell asleep but i herd one of the passengers yelling what scum i was.he was dressed in Blak as were the rest of the crew.i was hevily drugged and barely concious until we landed in cal. it figgered to me that so many peeps knew about the mission we would be caught soon. i suffered serious trauma and memory loss wen i was unceremoniously dumped into Alameda canal.my boat, the “loriet”,was sitting behind a alexander belonging to msn.i got loose and waited on other side from Stone Boat and then swam bak. i had been gone several days. time was not accounted for. i knew the mgm at the hotel paul Allen and i went to in Vegas would never forget me. I pulled up a tree from a large planter and set it on the gold carpet entrance. whereupon i sang a song. i was confronted by the owner. he said i had a good voice and he wanted me to sing at his restaurant next door.i told him i wasn’t sure i would live that long/. he assured me that as long as i was at his place nothing would happen to me. as long as i paid for the carpet to be cleaned. we met up with others and went to a very expensive flat. then we limoed to lvx and shttled bak to cal on the red lear.but the days after the dunking i was shaking. how many times would they try to kill me.?oh well i stuk it out for the next two years at fisherman’s wharf and ran into P A once more befor i felt it was necessary to flee to mexico. run south of the border. which i did.cont.

  169. it has been awhile since i blogged on.i am surprised at the lack of interest. the main points i am bringing to the table have not been confirmed.i have given this much thot and rackt my brain for more detasils. i need your questions. over

  170. it has been awhile since i blogged on.i am surprised at the lack of interest. the main points i am bringing to the table have not been confirmed.i have given this much thot and rackt my brain for more detasils. i need your questions. over

  171. karr is stealing the thunder. or not. he may have been in the house,even the basement.(how did he get to Boulder boudoir? did he write the ransom note. is there a secret door to the basement from her bedroom?. was Karr a co-conspirator? who put her in basement?she was a biter and a scratcher. favorite game..”u wanna see how hrd i can bite?” then bite you on forearm.leving teethmarks. full set except for 12year molars.and sharp claw mars on your bak, if u do her missionary. she never stops moving or talking. may be he(karr) was the one who found her and he may have been fall guy. but was helped out by MD or Fleet.Patsy was weak. she would not commit to saying for sure she wasn’t knowledgable. JR definitely cannot weather wx crx examine. who cleaned evrythang?Barby doll house. big Blue ceramic lamp. small long shanked eyebolt,shallow blue plywood tote? nylon line. the staircase. the computer the secret panel in room at top of stairs? lots of stuff was thrown away or changed. who did that?patsy drove away after the perps and took a picture. where is camera and film?how bout pictures of billg with her?my guerss is that he read the facts about basement on my blog the receipt of 118k he guessed at. her phyisical attributes he may have read about on internet. speculation. or the prof is full of it. just a glory seeker. strategists for DA should tell los angeles they don’t want him. he couldn’t have done it. sister gives him alibi for xmas96. film l8er..

  172. karr is stealing the thunder. or not. he may have been in the house,even the basement.(how did he get to Boulder boudoir? did he write the ransom note. is there a secret door to the basement from her bedroom?. was Karr a co-conspirator? who put her in basement?she was a biter and a scratcher. favorite game..”u wanna see how hrd i can bite?” then bite you on forearm.leving teethmarks. full set except for 12year molars.and sharp claw mars on your bak, if u do her missionary. she never stops moving or talking. may be he(karr) was the one who found her and he may have been fall guy. but was helped out by MD or Fleet.Patsy was weak. she would not commit to saying for sure she wasn’t knowledgable. JR definitely cannot weather wx crx examine. who cleaned evrythang?Barby doll house. big Blue ceramic lamp. small long shanked eyebolt,shallow blue plywood tote? nylon line. the staircase. the computer the secret panel in room at top of stairs? lots of stuff was thrown away or changed. who did that?patsy drove away after the perps and took a picture. where is camera and film?how bout pictures of billg with her?my guerss is that he read the facts about basement on my blog the receipt of 118k he guessed at. her phyisical attributes he may have read about on internet. speculation. or the prof is full of it. just a glory seeker. strategists for DA should tell los angeles they don’t want him. he couldn’t have done it. sister gives him alibi for xmas96. film l8er..

  173. JR should b charged with obstruction of justice,tampering with evidence,lying to police,accessory to murder.. B-mail activity,corruption of a minor,org criminal Rico statutes. etc. y can’t a polygraf be attached to him?

  174. JR should b charged with obstruction of justice,tampering with evidence,lying to police,accessory to murder.. B-mail activity,corruption of a minor,org criminal Rico statutes. etc. y can’t a polygraf be attached to him?

  175. i stopped by to see what condition my condition was in..a few things crx’d my mind. i neglected to say wen we left out the bak to the patio Matt D pulled a gun.. i took it away from him.. and wen we lifted off the ground i was unhooked and climbed over the”wiper” un hooked him and watched him fall by the light of the moon.if he was luky he was wearing the chute we came in on. i rem flying around the Rockies tossing out white bags 20# a pc. of weed. at various places. we landed at the old Jo Conforte’s Mustang Ranch. the Fly in ‘F’.i took the bouncers pistols and shot up the front of the place. then trew them bak as we took off.we landed in vegas and we were met by PA. he had us driven to the Gold trimmed hotel on the Vegas strip. i pulled up a tree and sang a song. the owner arrived and offerd me a job. PA paid the doorman a Black chip for the mess on the gold carpet. we met with hoods in a suite and then went bak to the Red leer jet. and flew bak to Alameda. i went bak to my boat the Loriet and was met by tow goons who tied me up and hrew me into the canal.. i worked my hands loose and swam to other side of Alameda canal. not one mile from Jack London Landing. what an apropriate place to wind up.

  176. i stopped by to see what condition my condition was in..a few things crx’d my mind. i neglected to say wen we left out the bak to the patio Matt D pulled a gun.. i took it away from him.. and wen we lifted off the ground i was unhooked and climbed over the”wiper” un hooked him and watched him fall by the light of the moon.if he was luky he was wearing the chute we came in on. i rem flying around the Rockies tossing out white bags 20# a pc. of weed. at various places. we landed at the old Jo Conforte’s Mustang Ranch. the Fly in ‘F’.i took the bouncers pistols and shot up the front of the place. then trew them bak as we took off.we landed in vegas and we were met by PA. he had us driven to the Gold trimmed hotel on the Vegas strip. i pulled up a tree and sang a song. the owner arrived and offerd me a job. PA paid the doorman a Black chip for the mess on the gold carpet. we met with hoods in a suite and then went bak to the Red leer jet. and flew bak to Alameda. i went bak to my boat the Loriet and was met by tow goons who tied me up and hrew me into the canal.. i worked my hands loose and swam to other side of Alameda canal. not one mile from Jack London Landing. what an apropriate place to wind up.

  177. u have the story and the connection between jbr and G. if it were ne one else u wud chek it out but since it is the man u r 2intimid8ed 2do so. i think the leer pilot is mr Cox. the traitor in JR’s co is Matt D who is also his biz partner Ramsey Squadron. his A&P mechanic was the “wiper’. from Alameda cal. sincew JR is friend of Bolten’s(probably being b-mailed by Ramsey ) he gets a pass?lou smit is incompetent as is DA Lacy. i don’t expect miracles but they cud do a lil work and chek out the veracity of my story.the press isn’t ready 4the truth but the public is dying 4it.wiki user talk jonbenet

  178. u have the story and the connection between jbr and G. if it were ne one else u wud chek it out but since it is the man u r 2intimid8ed 2do so. i think the leer pilot is mr Cox. the traitor in JR’s co is Matt D who is also his biz partner Ramsey Squadron. his A&P mechanic was the “wiper’. from Alameda cal. sincew JR is friend of Bolten’s(probably being b-mailed by Ramsey ) he gets a pass?lou smit is incompetent as is DA Lacy. i don’t expect miracles but they cud do a lil work and chek out the veracity of my story.the press isn’t ready 4the truth but the public is dying 4it.wiki user talk jonbenet

  179. Ci2i ist hergestellt worden, um zu verwirklichen, daß eine fachkundige u. lukrative Marktgelegenheit, die im Festland Westeuropa Versicherung Sektorverkaufen besteht, Versicherung Produkte über das Internet commoditized.

  180. Ci2i ist hergestellt worden, um zu verwirklichen, daß eine fachkundige u. lukrative Marktgelegenheit, die im Festland Westeuropa Versicherung Sektorverkaufen besteht, Versicherung Produkte über das Internet commoditized.

  181. Thank you very much for the percise and clear argument. I am studying economics and the development of social institutions and one of the critical issues in this field is the shrinking middle in just about everything: so I really appreciated your common sense argument.

    For what it is worth a big issue in american and international politics is to figure out how to put more well spoken people in the center, and how to talk to each other once more. I think blogging helps. 😀

    Also the next generation of Chinese kids should be very interesting when they find more of their voice. They have had a middle class for awhile now and they were discussing things surreptiously through old poetry and issues that sound very unpolitical, such as the “one dog policy,” in Beijing. I don’t know when it will come to a head but it has become a very capitalist place and the dog is a symbol of the old upper and middle classes.

    For the most part I have the understanding that the Chinese Government is trying to stem the spread of ideas but that they have already given up part of their control of desired skilled citizens, who have outside knowledge and are finding ways of getting around the censorship, without letting anyone on the outside know. This preserves the status quo but possibly allowing it to form a new center for a new era. This could be an interpretation of Bill Gates switch in stance over Google, I don’t know enough but he has thrown his hat into the development field these days.

    Its difficult to get good information out of China as it is a closed country, and I’ve heard both positive things and extremely scary things. Its changing fast. I agree attention needs to be paid to the issue of censorship though, it is a huge concern.

  182. Thank you very much for the percise and clear argument. I am studying economics and the development of social institutions and one of the critical issues in this field is the shrinking middle in just about everything: so I really appreciated your common sense argument.

    For what it is worth a big issue in american and international politics is to figure out how to put more well spoken people in the center, and how to talk to each other once more. I think blogging helps. 😀

    Also the next generation of Chinese kids should be very interesting when they find more of their voice. They have had a middle class for awhile now and they were discussing things surreptiously through old poetry and issues that sound very unpolitical, such as the “one dog policy,” in Beijing. I don’t know when it will come to a head but it has become a very capitalist place and the dog is a symbol of the old upper and middle classes.

    For the most part I have the understanding that the Chinese Government is trying to stem the spread of ideas but that they have already given up part of their control of desired skilled citizens, who have outside knowledge and are finding ways of getting around the censorship, without letting anyone on the outside know. This preserves the status quo but possibly allowing it to form a new center for a new era. This could be an interpretation of Bill Gates switch in stance over Google, I don’t know enough but he has thrown his hat into the development field these days.

    Its difficult to get good information out of China as it is a closed country, and I’ve heard both positive things and extremely scary things. Its changing fast. I agree attention needs to be paid to the issue of censorship though, it is a huge concern.

  183. As several commenters have noted, Yahoo once turned in a dissident to the Chinese authorities, this being rather worse than taking down his blog. Yet I still participate in Yahoo Groups, because not doing so would greatly curtail my ability to spread my own ideas. In effect, to boycott Yahoo is to be censored by Yahoo, and that’s no way to fight censorship.

    Similarly, if I were MSN, might I not take the view that to boycott China is to be censored by China?

    (Declaration: I’m a Linux user and no fan of Microsoft.)

  184. As several commenters have noted, Yahoo once turned in a dissident to the Chinese authorities, this being rather worse than taking down his blog. Yet I still participate in Yahoo Groups, because not doing so would greatly curtail my ability to spread my own ideas. In effect, to boycott Yahoo is to be censored by Yahoo, and that’s no way to fight censorship.

    Similarly, if I were MSN, might I not take the view that to boycott China is to be censored by China?

    (Declaration: I’m a Linux user and no fan of Microsoft.)

  185. I’m from China, getting here by using an austrilian proxy. know this thing long long before in China, all people talk about it on internet.

    Support Mr.Anti,
    and disappointed at Microsoft.

  186. I’m from China, getting here by using an austrilian proxy. know this thing long long before in China, all people talk about it on internet.

    Support Mr.Anti,
    and disappointed at Microsoft.

  187. my commend is about the show pepper dennis i think this show is amazing ,josh hopkins brook rebecca lindsay…just evrey one is amazing i always enjoyed my time watching this show .and i wish ther is going to be another season ,and if my words can go to the producer or anyone made this show i want to ask for another season because i loved this show from the bottom of my heart ,and this show effect on me .so my last words are please make another season. with my love i wish for another season .and bye

  188. my commend is about the show pepper dennis i think this show is amazing ,josh hopkins brook rebecca lindsay…just evrey one is amazing i always enjoyed my time watching this show .and i wish ther is going to be another season ,and if my words can go to the producer or anyone made this show i want to ask for another season because i loved this show from the bottom of my heart ,and this show effect on me .so my last words are please make another season. with my love i wish for another season .and bye

  189. Microsoft will continue to rule the world as long as the world continues to run off it’s software…why don’t we all just pull together and use Linux or Mac?
    If we stop footing MSN’s bills, they will change their ways or have to get real jobs like real people and live within their means instead of making more than $10,000 a minute

  190. Microsoft will continue to rule the world as long as the world continues to run off it’s software…why don’t we all just pull together and use Linux or Mac?
    If we stop footing MSN’s bills, they will change their ways or have to get real jobs like real people and live within their means instead of making more than $10,000 a minute

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