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Google refreshes ‘Controversial content and free expression on the web’ approach

Google posted a refresher of their “approach to removing content” from Google products and services, which was outlined Two and a half years ago. “According to Open Net Initiative, number of governments that censor has grown from about four in 2002 to over 40. In fact, some govs blocking content before it reaches citizens. Repressive regimes building firewalls & cracking down on dissent online — dealing harshly with anyone who breaks rules. Google also offered up a new little factoid: of the 100 countries around the world in which Google offers their services, some 25 at least partially block them.”We see these attempts at control in many ways. China is the most polarizing example, but it is not the only one. Google products ¿ from search and Blogger to YouTube and Google Docs ¿ have been blocked in 25 of the 100 countries where we offer our services,” Google writes. While everyone agrees that there’re limits to what information should be available online — for e.g. child pornography — many of the new gov restrictions we’re seeing today not only strike at the heart of an open Internet but also violate Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” states Google.

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