Magazine article New Internationalist

Where Do You Not Want to Go Today?

Magazine article New Internationalist

Where Do You Not Want to Go Today?

Article excerpt

OK, so you're a young teenage rebel in China looking forward to checking out Microsoft's new Chinese internet portal where you hope to find out more about those words you heard US President George Bush say on a smuggled tape of news footage. But a quick search on the Microsoft site leaves you none the wiser. Maybe it was that Texan drawl that confused you when he really said 'fearsome hypocrisy"? Or perhaps it is because there actually are no such things as'freedom'or'democracy'? Well, according to Microsoft, there aren't in China anyway.

The multi-billion-dollar megacorp, famous for keeping the world's PCs crashing in many different languages, has banned the words 'democracy' and 'freedom' from parts of its website in an apparent effort to avoid attracting the attention of Beijing's thought police. …

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