Tech giants collaborate to battle censorship abroad

Tech giants back common principals abroad; a man pays the bills with user-generated content; Lydia Hearst doesn't write her own column; and more...

To combat criticism that they've contributed to censorship in countries that limit free speech, Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft will introduce on Wednesday the “Global Network,” a document of common principals on how to conduct business in such nations, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Under the principles, crafted over two years by human rights groups and nonprofits, “the companies promise to protect the personal information of their users wherever they do business, and to narrowly interpret and implement government demands that compromise privacy,” adds the Journal.

Skeptics don't think it goes far enough. According to Techdirt, “…this seems like an attempt to just keep the government from legislating on the issues, and it may not be very successful on that front.” 


The New York Times highlights the story of a man who has earned a living winning user-generated content contests.


The New York Post admits that Lydia Hearst worked with a ghost writer on her column in Page Six Magazine.


MTV launches, a site dedicated to music videos resembling the successful Hulu.

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