Digital Censorship and the Great Firewall of China: Corporate Codes Conduct a Viable Means to Lift the Information Curtain

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Google and GoDaddy’s defiance of China's censorship mandate illustrates the power of corporate social responsibility initiatives to influence and reshape the repressive policies of authoritarian regimes.

Secretary Clinton's remarks in early 2010 about the information curtain dividing the world, reminded me of the apartheid era where much greater injustice and unspeakable acts against humanity were challenged and ultimately overcome through the use of corporate codes of conduct.

Given the success of codes of conduct in ending apartheid, we should look at applying the same principles to lift the information curtain China and in other repressive countries.

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