Corporate Responsibility Issues Research Paper

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Corporate Social Responsibility Issues

Corporate responsibility in matters of social significance has taken a very public position over the past few years, due in large part to the major scandals and corruption related to Enron and other corporations. Two issues regarding corporate social responsibility will be highlighted in this paper, including corporate responsibility and e-commerce, and corporate responsibility vis-a-vis Internet Communications.

Corporate Responsibility Regarding Internet Communication

Is it ethical for an American corporation with a global reach to participate in censorship? That is the question that dogged the search and media giant Google recently. An article in the Journal of Internet Law (Cannici, 2009) points out that, as background to this problem, there has been, starting in 2006, controversy when U.S. technology firms acquiesce to the demands of foreign dictatorships. In fact there was outrage on an international level when Yahoo, an important and influential media company in the U.S., helped the Chinese government in "…identifying and eventually convicting Shi Tao," who was a reporter in China, and used U.S.-based email services, to ten years in prison.

Tao's "crime" if one could call it that, was so petty that the fact that Yahoo would in effect go into a shady arrangement with the Chinese communists and help convict a man doing his job as a journalist stirred anger internationally. When it turned out that Yahoo had cooperated with Chinese police in another case -- dissident Li Zhi, who wrote his political views online, a no-no to Chinese censors -- in jailing Zhi, more outrage could be heard from friends of democracy worldwide.

Google entered into the Chinese milieu of censorship in 2006, and shortly after cutting a deal with China, it became the second U.S. corporation to show indifference to corporate social responsibility by announcing its launch of "censored versions of news and search sites in China" (Cannici). Subsequent to that announcement, Google did negotiate with China on an…

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Cannici, William J. (2009). The Global Online Freedom Act: Combating American Businesses

That Facilitate Internet Censorship in China. Journal of Internet Law, 12(11), 3-17.

Chen, Stephen. (2010). Corporate Responsibilities in Internet -- Enabled Social Networks.

Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 90, 523-536.

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