Shareholders of Google will propose that the company take steps to ensure freedom of Internet access and establish a review of its operations' effect on human rights.
In one proposal expected to be submitted at the company's 2008 annual meeting on May 8, shareholders will ask Google to commit to certain standards, including a pledge not to engage in proactive censorship or host user data in countries that restrict political speech.
A second proposal put forward by Harrington Investments requests that the company create a board committee on human rights to review the implications of its policies on a worldwide basis.
[SOURCE: Reuters, AUTHOR: Michele Gershberg]
* Google Shareholders to Vote On Proposed Human Rights Panel
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