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Raw Data from Google Transparency Report Now Available for Developers and Researchers

Google just releasd the raw data behind Government Requests tool in CSV and various other machine-readable formats on the Transparency Report site.

“Interested developers and researchers can take this data and revisualize it in different ways, or mash it up with information from other organizations to test and draw up new hypotheses about government behaviors online,” stated Matt Braithwaite, Transparency Engineering Tech Lead.

Adding, “We’ll keep these files up-to-date with each biannual data release.”

“We’ve already seen some pretty cool visualizations of this data, despite the lack of a machine-readable version, but we figure that easier access can only help others to find new trends and make new inferences.”

“The data has grown complex enough that we can no longer build a UI that anticipates every question you might want to ask. For example, the Transparency Report doesn’t allow you to ask the question, “Which Google products receive the greatest number of removal requests across all countries?” Using Google Fusion Tables you can answer that question easily. (The top four are Google Web Search, YouTube, orkut, and Blogger.),” Braithwaite said.

You can find the raw data here.

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