Bill Gates spoke at World Economic Forum and said that censorship was no reason for technology companies not to do business in China. According to Gates, the freedom of information is largely intact in China despite State restrictions on sites discussing sensitive issues.


Censorship was no reason for technology companies not to do business in China as observed by Bill Gates in the wake of Google’s self censorship in China.

According to Gates, the freedom of information is largely intact in China despite State restrictions on sites discussing sensitive issues.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Gates said the internet “is contributing to Chinese political engagement” because “access to the outside world is preventing more censorship.” [Source]

Three of largest internet companies – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – have been fiercely criticised by human rights groups for giving in to China’s restrictions of free speech. Google’s self-censorship last week had “reinforced the trend in the IT industry of kowtowing to Chinese demands of censorship” according to Amnesty International.