Senator to Tech Companies: Talk About Human Rights – Or Else

Mac Observer – Last week, Senator Richard Durbin rebuked Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Facebook, Twitter, and McAfee for declining to send representatives to the second session of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Human Rights and the Law, which supports free commercial and political use of the Internet in countries with authoritarian governments, including Venezuela, Iran, and China.

Mr. Durbin said: “The bottom line is this: with a few notable exceptions, the technology industry seems unwilling to regulate itself and unwilling even to engage in a dialogue with Congress about the serious human rights challenges the industry faces … Today I am announcing that I will introduce legislation that would require internet companies to take reasonable steps to protect human rights or face civil or criminal liability.”

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