Skip to comments.Google reports 'alarming' rise in government censorship requests
Posted on 06/18/2012 2:18:09 PM PDT by yorkie
Western governments, including the United States, appear to be stepping up efforts to censor Internet search results and YouTube videos, according to a "transparency report" released by Google.
"It's alarming not only because free expression is at risk, but because some of these requests come from countries you might not suspect -- Western democracies not typically associated with censorship," Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst at Google, wrote in a blog post on Sunday night.
[snip]In the last half of 2011, U.S. agencies asked Google to remove 6,192 individual pieces of content from its search results, blog posts or archives of online videos, according to the report. That's up 718% compared with the 757 such items that U.S. agencies asked Google to remove in the six months prior.
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Internet was good while it lasted
Coincidentally, government has never been more 'progressive' than it is today.
That should tell people something.
Oh, it’s not over, just yet.
Note that Goog didn’t always comply and when it did,it often did so on its own terms.
Governments are online. Utilities and banks are online. Businesses are on line. Google is not the only search engine. Videos are available at other sites besides YouTube. IT is constantly evolving and privacy is getting easier for the illiterate end user, such as old ladies like myself.
The more of this stuff the governments try, the more people will fight back. I downloaded Do Not Track a week ago and they have blocked over 10k attempts, so far. When I get unsolicited emails from a retail site that sold my email, I just unsub. I vent online constantly and have never been bumped from a site for doing so. I am extremely careful not to commit libel or slander, though.
This administration has cost us so much, I would love a chance to use a conservative civil liberties law firm to sue them for disenfranchisement. It would be a twofer.