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India has liberty? No way. 49 blogs blocked

This must be true:

Internet giant Google has said it has logged 255 instances of India asking for online content censorship, marking a sharp rise of 49 per cent in the second half of last year.

Google Inc said India's request formed part of 1,000 demands from governments around the world in the second half of last year to take down items such as YouTube videos and search listings, and it complied with them more than half the time.

India's objections ranged from blockage of 133 YouTube videos, including 10 made on national security considerations and 77 on defamation, besides 26 web searches and 49 blogs, Google said in its transparency report made public yesterday.

And the Indian government is seeking USER DATA:

After the US, India topped in demand for user data with more than 2,207 requests of which 66 per cent were compiled with by Google. Washington headed the global list with 6,321 requests.

This says much about the US under Obama, as well: a place where liberty has an increasingly smaller space, a country rapidly going down the path of socialism.

In this day and age of the internet, freedom is now on the defensive.

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Sanjeev Sabhlok

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6 thoughts on “India has liberty? No way. 49 blogs blocked
  1. raj

    Worldwide censorship of the internet is inevitable but there is some hope such as the use of “server drones” to beat the government.

    And also decentralizing the internet will make it harder for the government to track and censor.

    This isn’t exactly related to the above article but i think it’s worth sharing so more people will come to know of such alternatives.

  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    This problem, ultimately, can only be resolved through political action.I’m sure the middle class will revolt on the streets when push comes to shove.

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