Earlier this week, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! announced their joint backing of the Global Network Initiative, aiming to persuade governments that employ censorship, particularly on the web, to give their citizens the right to free speech without fear of retribution. The three companies, as well as several other academics and businesses, have agreed to “respect and protect the freedom of expression rights of their users when confronted with government demands, laws and regulations to suppress freedom of expression, remove content or otherwise limit access to information and ideas in a manner inconsistent with internationally recognized laws and standards.”

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