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Cisco Statement for Congressional Human Rights Caucus Meeting

February 1, 2006
at 12:00 pm PST

The Congressional Human Rights Caucus had a meeting in Washington, DC today and Cisco offered the following handout to the attendees of the meeting:Cisco Systems Information Sheet for House Human Rights Caucus MeetingOn China and Access to InformationFebruary 1, 2006Cisco Technology and ChinaCisco products (primarily routers and switches) enable the transfer of Internet traffic from point A to point B. Our main customers are enterprises of all sizes, from large corporations to small businesses. We also sell products to telecommunication service providers, including government owned telephone companies, and government end users. Cisco does not configure, operate or manage customers’ networks. The equipment we sell in China is the same equipment we sell worldwide -it is not altered in any way. The router features that the Chinese government may use or insist that Chinese companies use to limit accessibility to some web content are the same features that are currently used by companies, libraries, and schools around the world to block certain sites they decide it is not productive or proper for their employees, clients or students to access. These features are inherent in routers and also function as a security feature to protect against sites that may contain viruses or foster denial of service (DOS) hacker attacks. Similar router functionality is widely available around the world from both hardware and software vendors. The functionality can be used for many purposes -but it should be clear that it is content neutral.We comply with all U.S. Government regulations prohibiting the sale of products to certain destinations or to users who misuse products or resell to prohibited users. Cisco has been and hopes to continue to be a key driver of Internet growth worldwide. House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Operations: Hearing on February 15, 2006We intend to have a Cisco representative at this hearing.More information on this subject is publicly available at:News@Cisco: http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2005/hd_072505.htmlCisco Government Affairs Website: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/about/gov/people/network_management.htmlCisco Investors Relations”Investors’ Corner”:http://investor.cisco.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=81192&p=irol-governancecorner

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  1. ARCHITECTING A DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE INTEGRITY ascontent neutral CISCO endevour is Devil’s Advocateargument to create an appeasement chimera solution.Unfortunately, at stake the fate of genuine values or absolutes of Intellectual integrity of global Internet Freedom Empire as world Commons ethos initiated as far as US originated Arpanet MIT/BBN military science research launched in 60s-70s original webnet global leadership which CISCO inherits totally contradicts to assumed moral consensus of corporate elite reached not just on China Internet policy as professed by Google’s founder Sergey Bryn in Davos to Fortune but assumed as global policy is true technological drama and cognitive fallacy digital trauma.I propose a Human Rights paradygm as alternative approach to view Internet as ultimate medium ofintellectual freedom media and my objective is todiscuss the essential problem how to define and how to defend intellectual freedom as fundamental human rights paradygm for internet media due to latest Google’s compromise and digital media corporate controversy in China as well as with US government reveals that even entrepreneurial culture is morally corrupted with dominance of corporate authoritarian governance thatplays well with dictatorian style draconian rules of China government China’s jailed leader of Tiananman Sq. Wang Dan who’s our test expert on China’s intellectual freedom thinks the internet has twoinfluences. One is a good influence: Chinese people can have more information and have more contact.But the second influence is a bad influence because it helps the government to control people because they can censor the internet. So it’s very important for the international community to try to stop government’s using the internet as a tool to censor the people.NB Visual experience of Cultural revolution theater:http://www.morningsun.org/living/movies/theater.swfCultural revolution execution and celebration clips:http://www.tsquare.tv/media/crev.htmlClips of T-Squire:http://www.tsquare.tv/media/june4.htmlTo explore the issue further I’d refer to my blogs on Digital Integrity and Intellectual Freedom Paradygm which I post as:http://logosophos.blogspot.com/http://digitalintegrity.blogspot.com/

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