WESTERN GOVERNMENTS STEP UP EFFORTS TO CENSOR INTERNET SEARCH RESULTS

SOPA and CISPA; Google those terms if you are not aware of them.  In this awesome age of information; the rapid sharing of idea’s and knowledge, you can be sure your government will do everything in its power to control and regulate it.  You think you are FREE, but you are not.   Censoring of the WWW is a disastrous idea and we simply cannot allow it.

This is the fifth data set that we’ve released. And just like every other time before, we’ve been asked to take down political speech. 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.

Stumbled across this via CNN (The lowest ranked MSM site on the air)

Per Google’s own BLOG

Google says government requests to take down content are up compared with last year.

In one incident cited in the report, a U.S. law enforcement agency asked Google to take down a blog that “allegedly defamed a law enforcement official in a personal capacity.” The company did not comply with that request.

Like other technology and communications companies, Google regularly receives requests from government agencies and courts around the world to hand over user data. In this report, we disclose the number of requests we receive from each government in six-month periods with certain limitations.

The UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT is the biggest perp here; the most requests and the most complied with.  When I think of Internet censorship, I think of Russia, China and Middle East Countries.   But why am I not surprised.

By the way, Ron Paul is THE ONLY candidate against any censorship of the WWW.  Think about it.

 July to December 2011 
Country
User Data Requests Percentage of data requests fully or partially complied with Users/Accounts Specified
Total > 18257 > 28562
141
33%
201
444
65%
496
99
67%
124
1,615
90%
2,222
41
24%
49
117
43%
186
1,404
44%
1,779
1,426
45%
2,027
202
51%
202
73
0%
79
2,207
66%
3,427
51
61%
79
844
51%
1,124
90
59%
117
67
25%
115
37
59%
49
49
69%
61
241
22%
297
147
29%
196
58
0%
65
102
83%
186
257
37%
393
388
51%
610
69
67%
76
224
75%
303
88
0%
92
1,455
64%
1,764
6,321
93%
12,243

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