Tech firms ask U.S. government for guidance and intervention on Internet censorship

By: nart on 3 February 2007

On January 30th, the Global Internet Freedom Task Force (GIFT) hosted its first conference on Global Internet Freedom. State Department officials heard appeals from Microsoft, Yahoo and Google -- and inputs from research and human rights organizations -- on how the U.S. government might use legislation and leverage to protect tech firms from censorship and surveillance demands imposed by foreign laws and law enforcement agencies.