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A US District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit March 27 that accused Chinese search engine Baidu of illegally suppressing free speech by censoring information about democracy movements in China on the internet. The decision raises some unsettling questions about the world’s dependency on a handful of search engines.
The group of activists who brought the suit said Baidu’s government-mandated censorship was preventing Baidu’s users in the US from seeing their work, and thus violated their right to free speech under the US constitution’s First Amendment. Judge Jesse M. Furman’s paradoxical conclusion was that forbidding Baidu from censoring results would be a violation of its right to free speech
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Stanford University is suing the descendants of former Chinese Nationalist Party leader Chiang Kai-shek in an attempt to resolve their fractious attempts to take possession of his diaries. The suit says the school doesn’t want to seize control of the papers—it just wants to know who to give them back to.
Chiang’s diaries were loaned to Stanford’s Hoover Institution for fifty years by Chiang’s grandson’s wife in 2004. They’ve since become the subject of a long-running dispute between Chiang’s relations in Taiwan and a mainland Chinese woman who said she is Chiang’s adopted daughter from his first marriage.
Now Stanford University is joining the fracas. The school’s board has asked descendants to “litigate amongst themselves,” Bloomberg reported, citing a suit filed by the university on Sept. 20. “Plaintiff is ready, willing and able to return” the papers “to the person(s) or entity(ies) legally entitled to it or parts of it, but under the circumstances, plaintiff does not know and cannot determine to whom” they belong, the lawsuit says.
» via Quartz