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Sundar Pichai Should Resign as Google’s C.E.O. - The New York Times
David Brooks AUG. 11, 2017
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Google  censorship  culture  David_Brooks  CEOs  firings  Sundar_Pichai 
august 2017 by jerryking
On campus, it’s good to be bothered by a diversity of ideas - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Sep. 05, 2016

consider the advice U.S. President Barack Obama gave last spring to the graduating class of Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C.

“Don’t try to shut folks out, don’t try to shut them down, no matter how much you might disagree with them,” Mr. Obama said in May. “There will be times when you shouldn’t compromise your core values, your integrity and you will have the responsibility to speak up in the face of injustice. But listen. Engage. If the other side has a point, learn from them. If they’re wrong, rebut them. Teach them. Beat them on the battlefield of ideas. And you might as well start practising now, because one thing I can guarantee you, you will have to deal with ignorance, hatred, racism, foolishness, trifling folks … at every stage of your life.”

Better yet, students should, in Prof. Levinovitz’s words, see university as a “boot camp, not a hotel.” You’re there to toughen up for real life, not shield yourself from its infuriating injustices, painful conflicts and, yes, even the Donald Trumps of this world. Because they’re everywhere.
Konrad_Yakabuski  Colleges_&_Universities  diversity  ideas  intellectual_exploration  political_correctness  censorship  political_orthodoxy  free_speech  hate_speech  safe_spaces  civility  polarization  intellectual_diversity  disagreements  argumentation  heterogeneity  core_values 
september 2016 by jerryking
Beijing readies to unleash anti-Western campaign - The Globe and Mail
NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE
Beijing readies to unleash anti-Western campaign
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The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 23 2015,
China  repression  censorship  anti-Western  China_rising  values 
april 2015 by jerryking
Diversity and Dishonesty - NYTimes.com
APRIL 12, 2014

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[Ross Douthat]

both cases illustrate, with their fuzzy rhetoric masking ideological pressure, is a serious moral defect at the heart of elite culture in America.

The defect, crucially, is not this culture’s bias against social conservatives, or its discomfort with stinging attacks on non-Western religions. Rather, it’s the refusal to admit — to others, and to itself — that these biases fundamentally trump the commitment to “free expression” or “diversity” affirmed in mission statements and news releases.

This refusal, this self-deception, means that we have far too many powerful communities (corporate, academic, journalistic) that are simultaneously dogmatic and dishonest about it — that promise diversity but only as the left defines it, that fill their ranks with ideologues and then claim to stand athwart bias and misinformation, that speak the language of pluralism while presiding over communities that resemble the beau ideal of Sandra Y. L. Korn.

Ross Douthat
diversity  freedom_expression  free_speech  Colleges_&_Universities  self-deception  censorship  Ivy_League  Mozilla  Brandeis  controversies  academic_freedom  Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali  discomforts 
april 2014 by jerryking
The ‘new cold war’ is an information war -
Aug. 25 2012 | The Globe and Mail | Anne-Marie Slaughter.
In the many manifestations of the ongoing and growing information war(s), the pro-freedom-of-information forces need a new weapon. A government’s banning of journalists or blocking of news and social-media sites that were previously allowed should be regarded as an early warning sign of a crisis meriting international scrutiny. The presumption should be that governments with nothing to hide have nothing to lose by allowing their citizens and internationally recognized media to report on their actions.

To give this presumption teeth, it should be included in international trade and investment agreements. Imagine if the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and regional development banks suspended financing as soon as a government pulled down an information curtain. Suppose foreign investors wrote contracts providing that the expulsion and banning of foreign journalists or widespread blocking of access to international news sources and social media constituted a sign of political risk sufficient to suspend investor obligations.

Americans say that sunlight is the best disinfectant. Citizens’ access to information is an essential tool to hold governments accountable. Government efforts to manipulate or block information should be presumed to be an abuse of power – one intended to mask many other abuses.
accountability  information_flows  information  journalists  censorship  political_risk  warning_signs  freedom_of_information  information_warfare  IMF  World_Bank  Anne-Marie_Slaughter  presumptions  transparency 
august 2012 by jerryking
Crovitz: Facebook's Dubious New Friends - WSJ.com
MAY 2, 2011 WSJ By L. GORDON CROVITZ. The company will
launch in China under Chinese rules.
Facebook has been banned in China since 2009. Its executives are annoyed
that Renren, a mainland knock-off, plans to go public in New York at a
$4 billion valuation. But as the trusted home to more than 500 million
users, how Facebook re-enters China will test the trust people have put
in its services—and in social media generally. By agreeing to operate
under Beijing's rules, Facebook is forcing this hard question: Will
people remain as relaxed about divulging personal information and
beliefs for the social-media benefits of connecting with others if those
others include representatives of police states?

Facebook reportedly will have a mainland partner such as search engine
Baidu. This partner would be the censorship cutout, enforcing domestic
laws and government mandates to turn over information about online users
that has led to many arrests for subversion.
L._Gordon_Crovtiz  Facebook  censorship  China  hard_questions  subversion 
may 2011 by jerryking
In China, Even the Premier Is Censored - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 18, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by L. Gordon Crovitz. In China, Even the Premier Is Censored.
censorship  China  L._Gordon_Crovtiz 
october 2010 by jerryking
Cuba's other face
March 2, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Editorials
Cuba  repression  censorship 
april 2010 by jerryking
Brin Drove Google to Pull Back in China - WSJ.com
MARCH 24, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by JESSICA E.
VASCELLARO. Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin pushed the Internet
giant to take the risky step of abandoning its China-based search engine
as that country's efforts to censor the Web and suppress dissidents
smacked of the "totalitarianism" of his youth in the Soviet Union.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Brin, who came to the
U.S. from Russia at the age of 6 in 1979, said the compromises to do
business in the world's largest Internet market had become too great.
Finally, a cyberattack that the company traced to Chinese hackers, which
stole some of Google's proprietary computer code and attempted to spy
on Chinese activists' emails, was the "straw that broke the camel's
back."
Google  Sergey_Brin  China  censorship  exits  cyberattacks 
march 2010 by jerryking
Stance by China to Limit Google Is Risk by Beijing - NYTimes.com
March 23, 2010 | New York Times | By MICHAEL WINES. Google’s
decision may not cause major problems for China right away, experts
said. But in the longer run, they said, China’s intransigent stance on
filtering the flow of information within its borders has the potential
to weaken its links to the global economy.

It may also sully its image — promoted to its own people as well as to
the international community — as an authoritarian country that is
economically on the move, perhaps even more so than the sclerotic,
democratic West. Bill Bishop, a Beijing Internet entrepreneur and author
of the technology blog Digicha,
Google  China  censorship  authoritarianism  global_economy 
march 2010 by jerryking
Success Beyond China Seems Unlikely for Its Online Giants - NYTimes.com
March 23, 2010 | New York Times | By DAVID BARBOZA.
Post-Google, China’s Internet market could increasingly resemble a
lucrative, walled-off bazaar, experts say. Those homegrown successes,
however, could have trouble becoming global brands.

“If the Chinese government continues to favor domestic companies, those
companies that reach critical mass could become phenomenally
profitable,” said Gary Rieschel, founder of Qiming Ventures, an American
venture capital firm with investments in China. “But it may be hard for
those companies to become world class without outside competition.”
China  Google  protectionism  censorship  Baidu  Tencent  Alibaba  global_champions 
march 2010 by jerryking
Google's China Partners Issue Plea - WSJ.com
* MARCH 16, 2010,Google Partners in China Issue Plea to Web Giant |by LORETTA CHAO
Google  China  censorship 
march 2010 by jerryking
Sergey Brin Has Shaped Google's Stand on China - WSJ.com
MARCH 13, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by BEN WORTHEN. Soviet-Born Brin Has Shaped Google's Stand on China
Ben_Worthen  Sergey_Brin  Google  China  censorship 
march 2010 by jerryking
China's Web Crackdown Continues
Jan. 11, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | L. Gordon Crovitz
China  censorship  L._Gordon_Crovtiz  copyright  dissension 
january 2010 by jerryking
Google Will No Longer Censor Search Results in China - WSJ.com
JANUARY 14, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | Editorial. The uneasy
truce between Google and China broke down yesterday when the company
announced it would no longer censor search results on its domestic
search engine, Google.cn...The most likely outcome is that Google loses
access to an important market, Chinese customers lose access to its
services, and the government loses face....Until a year or so ago,
Chinese censors were skillful at calibrating the level of censorship and
harassment so that both domestic users and international companies were
willing to play by the government's rules. ...But Beijing overreached.
For instance, the Information Warfare Monitor of Canada says Chinese
criminal gangs are carrying out digital breaking and entering around the
world with little opposition from, and perhaps even the support of some
parts of, the government."
Google  calibration  China  censorship  hackers  overreach  information_warfare  gangs  organized_crime 
january 2010 by jerryking
Why Jane Fonda Is Banned in Beirut - WSJ.com
MAY 1, 2009 Wall street Journal | by WILLIAM MARLING

Censorship is a problem throughout the Arabic-speaking world.In fact,
all books that portray Jews, Israel or Zionism favorably are banned.
censorship  Lebanon  anti-Israel  anti-Semitism 
may 2009 by jerryking

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