From The Guardian
By Deirdre K Mulligan and Daniel S Griffin
Google’s plan to relaunch search in China, the world’s largest market, is facing pushback from employees, human rights defenders and politicians. With good reason. The Chinese government will insist that the search engine suppress results related to the Tiananmen democracy protests of 1989, in which several hundred peaceful protesters were shot by the army.
But international norms oblige companies to treat human rights atrocities such as the Tiananmen Square massacre differently. Suppressing information about these atrocities undermines the individual and collective right to truth that is increasingly recognized in human rights law....
Deirdre K. Mulligan is an associate professor at UC Berkeley's School of Information, a faculty director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, and a founding member of the Global Network Initiative. Daniel S. Griffin is a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley's School of Information. This article is based on an earlier analysis in the Georgetown Law Technology Review.