Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Apr 2010 21:24 UTC
Google "The Internet is one of the world's most important means of free expression. Yet censorship of the Web is growing; more than 40 governments censor information today, up from about four in 2002. And some governments are blocking - or proposing to block - content even before it reaches their citizens. Authoritarian countries are building firewalls and cracking down on dissent, dealing harshly with anyone who breaks the rules. We at Google believe that greater transparency will lead to less censorship online. That's why we are launching a tool that will give people information about the government requests for content removal and user data that Google receives from around the world." Biggest problem I've seen: figures are absolute, not relative (i.e., they are not comparable per country).
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RE[2]: Excellent...
by cefarix on Wed 21st Apr 2010 14:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Excellent..."
cefarix
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The government obviously decides what is moral/immoral in terms of legal/illegal, since they have the power to do so. No government can have 100% control over what information gets to its citizens, but I think a government is obligated to do as much as it can to shutdown illegal activities without encroaching upon the rights of people engaged in legal activities. A website hosting illegal content or allowing the participation of country A's citizens in illegal activities (as deemed by country A's government), should not be allowed to be hosted within country A, or should be blocked by country A.

Now as for what constitutes legal/illegal, different people around the world have different ideas of that, and I have my own ideas about that.

As for your sarcastic comment on Islamic countries... Please, keep your ignorance to yourself. I happen to be Muslim and that just sounds downright ridiculous and hateful.

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