Google report shows increase in censorship, anti-piracy requests

By Rick
Nov 14, 2012
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  1. This summer, Google's Transparency Report indicated an increase in global government censorship. Google's latest bi-annual look though illustrates not only a continued increase, but a substantial uptick of government-issued requests in just past six months. In fact, requests to take...

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  2. avoidz

    avoidz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 454   +54

    Governments using illegal methods to stop illegal activity? You don't say.
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  3. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 805   +201

    I am under the belief that Uncle Sam monitors, tracks and records whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants. Nothing you can put on your devices (laptop/phone/servers etc) is going to change that, not advanced packet tracers, port scanners, keyloggers, IP/Mac maskers, the most sophisticated firewall or anti-virus, encryption, etc etc. If its online, its accessible.
    Maybe I am wrong.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,866   +345

    you arent wrong, but that doesnt mean what they are doing is right morally or legally.
  5. avoidz

    avoidz TechSpot Maniac Posts: 454   +54

    But when they control what is moral and legal, what can be done?

    "It is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..."
  6. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    You do know 'Uncle Sam' was a meat monitor, don't you...
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,866   +345

    ima see how this thing with texas goes when they get denied their succession petition.
  8. Governments don't control what is right or wrong (what is genuinely ethical in the classical sense). They only control what is legal. It is tragic when it is the case that what is legal may actually be wrong and unjust. If it were the case that they controlled what is ethical or unethical, then the concept of ethics becomes arbitrary and looses the relevance the notion seeks. Since corruption seeks power, what is right and just frequently teeters on a knife's edge. "The more corrupt the state the more it legislates"-Tacitus.
  9. Google can really do its part to clean up the filth on Youtube.
  10. "I am under the belief that Uncle Sam monitors, tracks and records whatever he wants, whenever he wants, however he wants. Nothing you can put on your devices (laptop/phone/servers etc) is going to change that, not advanced packet tracers, port scanners, keyloggers, IP/Mac maskers, the most sophisticated firewall or anti-virus, encryption, etc etc. If its online, its accessible. Maybe I am wrong."

    That's why NSA exist..
  11. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Guys im not one to talk smack, even about ppl who wear their tin foil hats. Yes the govt. has the ability to track/eavesdrop/snoop, but you have to have either done something to get their attention, or commited a serious crime. Otherwise, the govt. dont care to snoop. I mean you make it sound like the big bad govt. is always watching you. Heres some news for you, youre just not worth their time. Unless you have met the previous criteria, they are more then content to let you live your life.
     
  12. The more the global community integrates the separation of people by border and government continues to strink. this of but one of the many effects resulting from that process.

    another way to look at it is, the domain of government control of your everyday life is shrinking and this is a sort of response made to try and restablish or dampen that rate of shrinking control!
  13. Not all the activity the governments are stopping are illegal.

    Just think what kind of governments want to get user information by illegal means.


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