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Google reports 'alarming' rise in government censorship requests
CNN ^ | June 18, 2012 | John D. Sutter

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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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: censorship; freedomofspeech

1 posted on 06/18/2012 2:18:14 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: yorkie

Internet was good while it lasted


2 posted on 06/18/2012 2:21:54 PM PDT by molson209
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To: yorkie
The gulf between government and the people has never been wider.

Coincidentally, government has never been more 'progressive' than it is today.

That should tell people something.

3 posted on 06/18/2012 2:24:04 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: molson209

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.

Also see:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/0614pgp_seal_encrypted_communications/

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.


4 posted on 06/18/2012 2:37:09 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: yorkie

Bookmarked.


5 posted on 06/18/2012 3:21:32 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: yorkie
Now that we have our own little Stalin, a lot of things are going to change.
6 posted on 06/18/2012 3:30:29 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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