“When Google’s services are blocked or filtered, we can’t serve our users effectively. That’s why we act every day to maximize free expression and access to information. To promote transparency around this flow of information, we’ve built an interactive online Transparency Report with tools that allow people to see where governments are demanding that we remove content and where Google services are being blocked. We believe that this kind of transparency can be a deterrent to censorship,” informs Google.
This new global tool includes China—will replace Mainland China service availability chart, which showed product access for China alone. By showing outages, traffic graphs visualize disruptions in free flow of information, whether it’s a government blocking information or a cable being cut. For e.g., graphs show that YouTube has been inaccessible in Iran since June 12, 2009, following disputed presidential election.
In April we also created a website that shows number of government inquiries for information about users and requests for Google to take down or censor content. Google updates this interactive Government Requests map with data from the first six months of 2010. Also updated analysis of the trends we saw across the data over past six months. You can learn more about trends in the data here.