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Web Site Censorship Does Not Work According to Gates

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Wed, 1 Feb 2006 13:35:53 -0600

Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates said on Wednesday that government
attempts to censor Web sites or blogs would fail since the banned
information could get out in defiance of official efforts.

The spread of private e-mail means online users could distribute
banned news despite government injunctions, he told a news conference.

"You may be able to take a very visible Web site and say that
something shouldn't be there, but if there's a desire by the
population to know something, it's going to get out," he said.

However, Gates said Microsoft, the world's biggest computer software
company, had to meet legal requirements of the countries where it does

Microsoft pulled the blog, or Web log, of a critic of the Chinese
government in December after getting a government order to do so.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's chief counsel, said on Tuesday that company
was creating rules to deal with government complaints about Web sites
and blogs Microsoft hosted.

Gates was in Lisbon for a Microsoft-sponsored forum on how to use
Internet technology to make the public sector more effective.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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