Censorship


OMG, I picked this article up on Janet Steinman’s feed in LinkedIn. So what Google are doing is patenting a technology that basically detects written policy violations, e.g. in email messages, even before it is completed. I am wondering it it could be likened to the Autocomplete function.

The article is stating that it will be like having a ‘big brother’ peeking over your shoulder when you write. But I am thinking that if it is similar to the ‘autocomplete’ or ‘spellcheck’ function, maybe it is just another useful function and maybe this article is making more of this than it really is?

However if an organisation was to implement this, and they controlled the ‘policy violation checker’ from a central place, would this mean they could see if a policy had been violated, could they control what employees write in the workplace context. Is this a bad thing? I’m still scratching my head over this one….

A Portuguese MP suddenly interrupted an interview and took the digital recorder from the journalists. He is now being charged with robbery and affront to free speech and free press.

The recorder can contain protected information and a privacy violation will probably be discussed in court.

You can see a short video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_CylnffuTA

Well, sort of.

Their Chinese search site, google.cn now redirects to google.com.hk in Hong Kong. Google states that this is a direct response to the hacking attack reported on in January. They also state that that was the final straw that led them to the decision to stop censoring their search services in China.

By redirecting searches to their Hong Kong site, they hope to bypass Chinese legal requirements of self censorship. It will be interesting to see how the Chinese government responds to this. Google has set up a status page which reports on the availability on their services for users in China. You can find it here.

China’s government departments are sticking to their guns, saying that the Chinese people need guided internet access, and that companies operating in China need to abide by local laws.

Read the update and summary of past events here

I nitpick on some of the article’s sarcasm here

The internet in China has always had its share of blacklisted sites, blocking out undesirable sources of information from the average citizen. The internet is growing at such a fast pace, with new sites added every day, that blacklists are becoming more and more difficult to manage. Now the way forward seems to be to whitelist the entire web.

China has started scanning text messages for inappropriate content representing the latest move in the country’s increasing censorship. Read more at the telegraph.co.uk.

Users on Google.cn’s image search can now see the iconic picture of Tank Man, among other images from the massacre in the Beijing square in 1989 – just as users on Google’s other country portals, such as Google.co.uk, can. Read more at MailOnline.

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