Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




DEMOCRACY
Political speech targeted with take-down requests: Google
by Staff Writers
San Francisco (AFP) June 17, 2012


Political commentary remains a prime target as governments increase the number of requests for Google to remove material from the reach of Internet users.

The Internet giant on Sunday released its fifth semi-annual Transparency Report providing insights into requests by countries around the world to "take down" content from search results or Google venues such as YouTube.

"Just like every other time before, we've been asked to take down political speech," Google senior policy analyst Dorothy Chou said.

"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."

The number of requests from the United States doubled in the second half of last year. Ukraine, Jordan and Bolivia showed up for the first time on the list of countries out to have online material removed, according to Google.

Google reported that it went along with slightly more than half of the approximately 1,000 requests it received to remove material or links.

The transparency report doesn't provide insights regarding countries such as China where tight Internet controls allow for blocking of content, eliminating the need to ask Google to take down content.

From the start of July through December of last year, Google complied with approximately 65 percent of the more that 467 court orders to remove material and with 47 percent of the more than 561 request without judicial backing.

"We noticed that government agencies from different countries would sometimes ask us to remove political content that our users had posted on our services," Chou said.

Google said the number of requests has grown steadily during the past two years.

Spanish regulators asked Google to remove 270 search results that linked to blogs and articles in newspapers referencing private individuals or public figures, including mayors and public prosecutors.

In Poland, a public institution asked Google to remove links to a website criticizing it. Chou said that Google did not comply with those requests in either country.

An electoral court order from Brazil resulted in Google removing four profiles from its Orkut social network for political content.

Broad defamation laws in Brazil allow for obtaining court orders to remove even truthful information from the Internet, according to Google.

The law there also reportedly bans showing parodies of candidates during elections, leading to requests for removal of material such as bits by celebrity comedians.

Among the requests turned down by Google was one from Canadian officials for the removal of a YouTube video of a Canadian citizen peeing on his passport and flushing it down a toilet.

The number of content removal requests received by Google in India was 49 percent higher in the second half of last year than in the first six months.

Pakistan's Ministry of Information Technology asked Google to remove six YouTube videos that satirized the country's military and senior politicians. Google did not comply with that request.

Google said it did terminate five YouTube accounts at the behest of the United Kingdom Association of Police Officers, which contended they promoted terrorism.

The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology in Thailand asked Google to remove 149 YouTube videos for allegedly insulting the monarchy there. Google restricted 70 percent of the videos from view online in Thailand.

Requests from Turkish information technologies officials centered on videos of the founder of modern-day Turkey, and Google responded by making the targeted clips unavailable in that country.

"We realize that the numbers we share can only provide a small window into what's happening on the Web at large," Chou said.

"But we do hope that by being transparent about these government requests, we can continue to contribute to the public debate about how government behaviors are shaping our Web."

.


Related Links
Democracy in the 21st century at TerraDaily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





DEMOCRACY
Socialists take absolute majority in French parliament
Paris (AFP) June 17, 2012
France's Socialists won control of parliament Sunday, handing President Francois Hollande the convincing majority he needs to push through his tax-and-spend agenda to battle the eurozone debt crisis. The Socialists' bloc obtained between 308 and 320 seats - an absolute majority in the 577-seat National Assembly - and so will not need to rely on the Greens or the far left, polling institute ... read more


DEMOCRACY
Experts discuss better nuclear disaster communication

Afghan quake rescue operation declared over

Japan to develop drones to monitor radiation

Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse

DEMOCRACY
Russians design blockbuster video games in Siberia woods

SciTechTalk: Apple WWDC summary

Curved special glass panels for better protection of civilian and military vehicles

Grand Finish For X-37B

DEMOCRACY
Indian 'sadhus' protest dam projects on holy Ganges

NGOs urge RIO+20 to back new treaty on oceans protection

New research leads to sensors that detect contaminants in water

CEOs urge RIO+20 leaders to make water security top priority

DEMOCRACY
Divide the Antarctic to protect native species, propose experts

Arctic getting greener

North-East Passage soon free from ice again

NASA Discovers Unprecedented Blooms of Ocean Plant Life

DEMOCRACY
Hong Kong wine auction fetches $2.2 million

Rapidly cooling eggs can double shelf life, decrease risk of illness

Word Food Program chief in Rio for UN summit

Unlikely alliances bringing back dead rivers, barren landscapes, and farm yields

DEMOCRACY
Hurricane Carlotta kills 2 in Mexico

Floating dock from Japan carries potential invasive species

Quake-hit Afghan village could become mass grave

Undersea volcano gave off signals before eruption in 2011

DEMOCRACY
Lions on the loose in Kenyan capital's urban jungle

US expanding secret spy bases in Africa: report

UN trade body says Africa must embrace sustainable economy

Madagascan community sets example of saving environment

DEMOCRACY
Expanding waistlines threaten the planet: researchers

More people, more environmental stress

How infectious disease may have shaped human origins

Homo heidelbergensis was only slightly taller than the Neanderthal




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement