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(From Guardian Unlimited)
In recent years technology giants Microsoft, Yahoo and Google have been widely criticised for their business practices in repressive countries such as China. But yesterday the trio tackled their critics by joining a new scheme to help protect the freedoms of internet users around the world.
The Global Network Initiative , a new human rights coalition, says it is working to help companies stand up to authoritarian governments in countries such as China, Vietnam, Syria, Burma and Iran.
As well as the triumvirate of hi-tech companies, the group is also being backed by a wide range of campaigners and academic organisations, …