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Google chairman Schmidt says Communist China is most dangerous power on earth

February 4, 2013

2/1/13, “Exclusive: Eric Schmidt Unloads on China in New Book,” WSJ.com

Google GOOG +2.63% executive chairman Eric Schmidt is brutally clear: China is the most dangerous superpower on Earth….

China, Schmidt and Cohen write, is “the world’s most active and enthusiastic filterer of information” as well as “the most sophisticated and prolific” hacker of foreign companies. In a world that is becoming increasingly digital, the willingness of China’s government and state companies to use cyber crime gives the country an economic and political edge, they say.

The disparity between American and Chinese firms and their tactics will put both the government and the companies of the United States as a distinct disadvantage,” because the United States will not take the same path of digital corporate espionage, as its laws are much stricter (and better enforced) and because illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play,” they claim.

“This is a difference in values as much as a legal one.”

The U.S. is far from an angel, the book acknowledges. From high-profile cases of cyber-espionage such as the Stuxnet virus that targeted Iranian nuclear facilities, to exports of surveillance software and technology to states with bad human rights records, there is plenty at home to criticize.

And those criticisms will become louder and more politically resonant, Schmidt and Cohen claim, as the distinctions between states that support freedom online and those that suppress it become clearer.”…via Drudge

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