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Monday, February 13, 2006

House Hearing on U.S. Tech Firms Helping China Suppress Dissenters Will be Live-Blogged

Three blogs are signed up as of this afternoon to live-blog Wednesday's hearing of the House International Relations Subcommittee on Global Human Rights, Africa and International Operations hearing on U.S. technology firms and China's suppression of online dissent, according to Beltway Blogroll's Danny Glover.

Townhall.com, Human Events Online and RedState.org will all three have bloggers present for the hearing that will examine the role of U.S. firms like Microsoft, Yahoo! and Cisco in making it possible for the Chinese communist government's identification of dissenters posting on internet web sites.

Glover has more details here, including a list of scheduled witnesses who will testify on three separate panels.

The House Subcommittee is the first congressional panel to specifically encourage coverage by bloggers. Previously, bloggers live-blogged the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, but the House Subcommittee is the first congressional panel to provide a wireless connection specifically for bloggers.


Glover is doing a super job of reporting the growing list of illustrations of blog influence in government and the media. Go here for his report of how a Virginia blogger's live-blogging the Old Dominion's state legislature and found himself noting to a legislator: "How funny to sit here and watch you on TV and write about it while you sit and read what I'm writing about what I'm watching on the TV."


RedState.org's Clayton Wagar will be among the bloggers covering the hearing live and he has something up his sleeve. Go here to find out more.