Gates' digital utopianism no match for China's realities

Nate Anderson of Ars Technica writes:

"In a speech at Stanford yesterday, Bill Gates waxed eloquent about the openness of the Internet. In a burst of techno-utopianism, Gates at one point told the crowd, 'I don't see any risk in the world at large that someone will restrict free content flow on the Internet. You cannot control the Internet.' This seemed rather a curious thing for the Microsoft chief to say, considering that his company (along with Google, Yahoo, and others) has cooperated with China's censorship efforts. The entire Chinese Internet experience, in fact, raises questions about whether Gates' beautiful vision is true to the facts as we know them. Certainly the country is doing a pretty decent job of 'controlling the Internet.'"

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