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Web filtering raises

issues: Microsoft
WASHINGTON: Microsoft late
on Monday said a Chinese rule
is committed to helping advance
the free flow of information and
Indians protest in Sydney
that personal computers sold in
the country include web filter-
ing software raises issues of
freedom of expression, privacy,
and security which “need to be
properly addressed.”
The statement by the US
to encouraging transparency,
deliberation and restraint with
respect to internet governance,”
the US software giant said.
“In this case, we agree with
others in industry and around
the world that important issues
after new attack suggestions people had either base-
ball bats or hockey sticks and the
Redfern said the violence in
Harris Park was not race-related
and stemmed from a series of “op-
portunistic” crimes against Indians
software giant came after a US such as freedom of expression, SYDNEY: Hundreds of Indian ance” in apparent retaliation for an in the area. But NSW Lebanese
computer industry association privacy, system reliability and students protested and launched earlier assault. Community Council spokesman
denounced the Chinese move security need to be properly Indian
violent reprisals overnight in It was believed to be the first Elie Nassif said there had been
and the largest US personal addressed,” the spokesperson students and
Australia’s biggest city, in the latest time Indian students had reacted tensions between small sections
computer makers said they were said. supporters
flare-up in racial tensions in recent violently to a series of attacks on of the Lebanese and Indian com-
studying its ramifications. Microsoft provides the Win- holding
weeks, police said yesterday. them in Australia which have munities.
The head of a software de- dows software that runs most a rally to
Police said they had to call in caused outrage on the subconti- “Whether we like it or not, it
veloper involved in devising the of the world’s PCs. protest
the dog squad to control the crowd nent and strained diplomatic ties is happening, but as community
Chinese filtering programme in Earlier on Monday, Ed Black, against
in west Sydney, where protesters between Canberra and New Delhi. leaders we should work together to
Beijing said that the move was president of the Computer racially-
wielding sticks and baseball bats at- The student protesters gathered wipe all this (out),” he said.
aimed at protecting people from and Communications Industry targeted
tacked men of “Middle Eastern ap- after an Indian man in his early Recent assaults on Indian stu-
pornography. Association (CCIA), described violence in
pear- 20s was attacked by a group of dents have been dubbed “curry
Bryan Zhang, chief executive the Chinese move as a “very Sydney.
men of Middle Eastern descent, bashings” in the Indian media and
of Jinhui Computer System En- unfortunate development.” according to police. prompted frantic diplomatic efforts
gineering Co, said “the software “This is clearly an escalation They then attacked a carload in Canberra to ease New Delhi’s
will be provided to consumers of attempts to limit access and of men who drove past and concerns about the issue.
in new PCs and they have the the freedom of the internet,” he pelted them with eggs, leaving Prime Minister Kevin Rudd this
option to install or not to install said. “It has economic and trade them with cuts and bruises, month called in the former head of
it.” as well as cultural and social said Pawan Luthra, the Sydney- Australia’s elite Special Air Service
In a statement, a Microsoft ramifications.” based publisher of a newspaper regiment to lead a task force exam-
spokesperson said “Microsoft Black said the Chinese move called Indian Link. ining the attacks. The issue came to
believes that the availability of smacked of an attempt to “not Police superintendent a head late last month when student
appropriate parental control only control their own citizens Robert Redfern denied reports Sravan Kumar Theerthala was left
tools is an important societal access to the internet but to members of the crowd, which comatose after being stabbed with
consideration for industry and force everybody into being com- finally dispersed at about 2am, a screwdriver by gatecrashers at
governments around the world. plicit and participate in a level of were armed with knives. But a party he was attending in Mel-
“At the same time, Microsoft censorship.” – AFP he said: “There were certainly bourne. – AFP