Generally when Google shows up in the news regarding information being exposed on the Web it’s about privacy issues and concerns that too much data is being stored or distributed by the Internet giant. It’s also possible, though, that in some cases Google may not be displaying enough information.
Generally when Google shows up in the news regarding information being exposed on the Web it’s about privacy issues and concerns that too much data is being stored or distributed by the Internet giant. It’s also possible, though, that in some cases Google may not be displaying enoughinformation.
About two years ago Google started posting data online in its Transparency Report. The data includes real-time traffic information, as well as requests from individuals, companies, or governments to surrender data, and requests to have sites or information removed from Google search or from YouTube.
Requests from users to remove sites is monitored in real-time, but the data forgovernment takedown requests is only updated every six months. While we might expect certain strict regimes like China or Thailand to police the Internet in this way, Google says it’s not necessarily the case.
A post on Google’s Public Policy Blog explains the most recent data. Google notes that the rate of such requests continues to climb, and warns of the negative impact of the trend. “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.”
Norwegians must wonder what madness has seized us
You might think that, what with everything that’s going on in Spain and Greece, Eurocrats had plenty on their plates. You’d be wrong. The EU’s cupidity is unsleeping, for all that its recent initiatives have been driven from our news pages by the travails of the eurozone.
You almost certainly haven’t read anything about the latest power grab – although, if you are British, it should alarm you. Brussels wants to regulate offshore oil and gas drilling. British energy companies and trade unions are united in their fury, pointing out that the European Commission is openly seeking ‘the Europeanisation of energy powers’. Since Britain is overwhelmingly the EU’s largest offshore energy producer – until six years ago, we were the EU’s only net energy exporter – the industry frets that the loss of UK supervision would shift regulatory control into unfriendly hands.
Why the G-20 Must Consider a New World Order
June 18, 2012
Leaders of the world’s largest economies are gathering in Mexico for the latest G-20 meeting. WSJ’s Simon Nixon expects little from them unless they consider a new world order that can tackle the financial crisis