Google Wants U.S. to Weigh Challenging China in WTO (Update2) – BusinessWeek: “Going to the WTO is “well worth consideration,” Nicole Wong, deputy general counsel of Google, operator of the most popular Internet search site, told reporters after a congressional hearing in Washington yesterday. Using censorship “in a manner that favors domestic Internet companies goes against basic international trade principles,” Wong told lawmakers.
Google will stop censoring results as required by the government in China, the company said Jan. 12 after what it called an infiltration of its technology and the e-mail accounts of Chinese human rights activists.
The Obama administration sided with Mountain View, California-based Google. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Jan. 20 that China is among countries “walling themselves off” from progress by restricting Web access.
“‘We are looking at that,” U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in an interview with Bloomberg Radio on Feb. 23, when asked about the proposal to take a case against China to the WTO, the Geneva-based trade arbiter. “It’s less of a trade issue than it is a freedom of information issue.””