Robert Winner


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Google just released its transparency report and it lists the G20 nations and ranks them in number of requests. Since I live in the USA ( #2 in requests made) I will itemize those figures. 117 court ordered requests 40% approved or 3,857 items deleted. 70 executive requests 44% approved or 2,341 items deleted.

The question for the TED community is does the government have the right to request censorship of world wide electronic media. If so under what circumstances.

I am also interested in what occurs when a request is denied.

If you know more about this issue it would be interesting to have it shared. Articles do not always represent both sides of the issue.

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    Gail .

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    Jul 16 2012: What is just as distressing to me is the censorship of once-open government sites. For example, I once started complaining on-line (widely) about the mission statement of the U S Dept of Education that exists to promote global competition (in busiiness). It didn't exist to promote education, or the ability of a people to run a government of, by and for the people, or improve the quality of a life, or even to help American small businesses. It existed as a subsidy to global giants.

    Just as I began to gain traction, the web site disappeared.

    Around the same time, I was promoting the recent discoveries about "mind" being able to create peace and prosperity while ending all social ills and benefiting humans at every social level. One of my sources for proof was an Internet site by one of the divisions of the US NIH (Nat'l Institute of Health). Soon, that site just disappeared and I haven't been able to find it.

    that Google is violating us is one thing, and depending on the nature of the spying, it MIGHT be reasonable. That government is hiding information that shows us how to fix all of the problems that it creates by its support of a corrupt economic system is quite another.

    did you know that the US NIH verified a study that showed that we can end, not only war, but most illness through nothing more than group meditation? why was this so dangerous that it needs to be hidden, unless if enough of us get wind of how our economy works - and how it creates problems in order to use money to fix them in order to keep a lie alive - is far more frightening. Why do we need a health-care bill that supports Big Pharma and insurance companies when we can reduce illness by 87% now - for free?

    YUP, it's a threat all right. It's a threat to the military industrial complex that owns your government.
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      Jul 16 2012: Gail, Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan has a mandate to socialize the American Education structure. He openly states that the government should write all texts, develop all curriculum, write the syllabus, develop and administer all tests. The administrations promise to make government transparent has failed miserably.

      The government has grown during this administration and is working had to transition into larger and socialization. A large part of the problem is that the government is using the US checkbook to repay political debits. This administration has spent 7 time the amount spent by the last seven presidents combined.

      There is much to be afraid of Gail and I am glad that you are aware of issues and are part of the solution.

      All the best. Bob.
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    Jun 19 2012: I just googled: GOVERNMENT - GOOGLE TRANSPARENCE REPORT. The reasons are widly varied. They do list some examples from each country.
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    Jun 19 2012: I'm interested in what the subject of the requests were and what subjects were approved.

    I could understand if something like childporn got a censorship request and approval, though just censorship from google doesn't solve that problem. But where do you draw the line?
  • Jun 19 2012: Please give us more details of reasons for government requests. Are we to assume they are internal national security or international security? What kind of security?
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    Jun 18 2012: No, none whatsoever.

    We need more Julian Assange and wikileaks.
    • Jun 19 2012: Wikileaks is great for the world, I agree.