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Senate Leader Blasts Tech Industry, Plans Net Freedom Law

Mar 03, 2010, 19:02 (7 Talkback[s])

"A top Senate Democrat on Tuesday criticized the technology industry for its unwillingness to stand up to foreign governments that restrict access to online content, pledging to introduce legislation that would impose penalties on Internet companies that facilitate human rights violations in repressive regimes.

""The bottom line is this: with a few notable exceptions, the technology industry seems unwilling to regulate itself and unwilling to even engage in a dialogue with Congress about the serious human rights challenges the industry faces," Dick Durbin, the chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law and assistant Senate majority leader, said at a hearing on Internet freedom.

""I will introduce legislation that would require Internet companies to take reasonable steps to protect human rights or face civil or criminal liability," Durbin said."

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