Yahoo Contributes to Human Rights Violations

I use and promote many of Yahoo's tools (YahooGroups, YahooMail, Yahoo Instant Messenger, MyYahoo/RSS & Flickr). That means I contribute a great deal to the company's resources and, as a result, its bottom line. I chose these tools because they are easy-to-use, free, and all integrated with one another, which makes life in general much easier, personally and professionally.

Per this entrenched association, I am DEEPLY disturbed that Yahoo has admitted to providing Chinese authorities with information that led to the arrest and imprisonment of journalist Shi Tao; he is now serving a 10-year prison sentence for sending an email that included information on the Tiananmen Square massacre. Shi Tao sent the email using his Yahoo account. Chinese authorities accused him of "illegally providing state secrets to foreign entities." And, sadly, Shi Tao's case isn't the only one where Yahoo has helped a government imprison someone for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression, a right entrenched in international law and the Chinese Constitution. Yahoo has signed China's Public Pledge on Self-Discipline for the Internet Industry, effectively agreeing to implement Chinašs draconian system of censorship and control.

Put simply: Yahoo is contributing to human rights violations. Where will Yahoo do this next? In the Middle East? In the USA? IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. Yahoo has the ability and choice not to contribute to human rights violations in the pursuit of new and lucrative markets. For information on action you can take to pressure Yahoo to stop this unethical, inhumane behavior, see this Amnesty International site

I was going to try end all association with Yahoo as a result of this. But the more I thought about, the more it seemed to make better sense to use all these Yahoo platforms to criticize the company and mobilize others to action. Therefore, you will see this information on my Yahoo profile, my Flickr profile, all of my YahooGroups, and in my email signature on YahooMail. Ans so it shall be until Yahoo changes its ways.


Are you listening? I am!




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