Archive for February 11, 2010

Google censors free speech

February 11, 2010 3 comments

See what content Google found objectionable (and deleted without warning) here.

EarthBlog News has been inundated with inquiries regarding the Daily Citizen, which was deleted by Google on Feb 3, 2010. A decision was made in Jan. 2010 to provide this news stream as a public service to educate the public regarding what is really going on in the world. Public hunger for this free reality based news flow had Daily Citizen readership climbing by 30% per day and reaching into the thousands of unique IP hits per day in only one month prior to it’s deletion by Google.

The Daily Citizen news was the same news flow published in the EarthBlog News subscription newsletter. As of now, there is no way to get the Daily Citizen news except to subscribe to EarthBlog News.  At the top of this blog you will find a sample copy of the EarthBlog News and subscription information. There are no concrete plans at this time to attempt to re establish the Daily Citizen.

Censorship is ugly, and it’s even uglier when a supposed proponent of free speech is engaged in it.

In 2010, censorship is increasing around the world.  At this point, even the EarthBlog news is being occasionally censored (bounced) by several large ISP’s. The primary mechanism of internet censorship is not usually as overt and draconian as a blog deletion, and usually takes place in the form of  so called “standard filter sets”, where various special interests lobby to have certain web domains blocked. These so called “standard filter sets” are then passed around and pushed on ISP’s, resulting in blockage of any transmission including them.

The US corporate media would have you believe this occurs only in places like China and Iran, when the fact is that the US is becoming heavily censored based on nefarious and underhanded means like blocking web domains, altering hit counters on popular youtube videos so as to create an illusion of low viewership and lower visibility in the rankings and so on.

The bottom line….the only conclusion I can reach, is that the truth has become the enemy of the state and we are living in an increasingly dangerous and Orwellian world where the idea of a Democracy or a Constitutional Republic has been replaced with the idea of pacifying and placating a disinformed and uninformed population in a cooperation between big media, big corporations and government. Mussolini called that Fascism.

Edit: Add
Google Censorship: Bans Sale of DVDs Critical of Obama Administration
Author: Mac Slavo
February 16th, 2010

Controlling the Ability of People and Organizations to Access the Internet
by Bob Chapman
Global Research, February 14, 2010
The International Forecaster
Under the guise of “protecting Americans” and choosing itself in so-called “national security,” the current Obama administration wants to be able to control the ability of people and organizations to access the Internet. This concept on its face seems very harmless and in the best interest of the country, however, having the ability to “turn the Internet off or shutting down sites that Obama considers “dangerous” including particular political groups, individuals or organizations who espouse differing views has far reaching political, financial, moral and legal implications. Such a policy imposed under Executive Order to control what enters Internet sites and what is shared daily would stifle free speech in direct violation of the First Amendment rights of all Americans.
Global Research

Australia censorship debate censored on Communications minister’s website
It’s all kind of ironic when you think about it
By John Ozimek
If you’re planning to censor free speech on the internet, what better approach to take than to, er, censor debate about how you’re planning to censor free speech on the internet? Brilliant. That, according to one sharp-eyed Register reader, is the game being played by Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, whose ministerial website is currently set up so as not to show searches on embarrassing terms such as “ISP filtering”.