2006 Archive

Deirdre Mulligan Featured on Public Radio Show

Deirdre Mulligan, Acting Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, spoke to the role of Internet companies and government requests on public radio’s Democracy Now! on January 27. In an interview with host Amy Goodman, Mulligan asserted that in following Chinese law, which aggressively regulates citizen access to information, search engines like Google and Yahoo! are becoming complicit in a policy of sweeping censorship. Mulligan added that in contrast to the experience in China, at least one company is taking a different position in response to government requests in the United States. Mulligan noted that in resisting requests by the Department of Justice to examine its user records, Google has “stood up and said, ‘No, this is overreaching. We’re not going to be complicit in the government’s efforts to pry into the search activities of an enormous swath of the population…’” Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent news program which airs on more than 350 stations in North America, including National Public Radio and Pacifica radio. A transcript and the audio broadcast are available online. 1/31/2006