For some reason this Elephant Bar Post keeps getting banned from Google's search engines in Britain.
It has been banned and taken down by Google UK recently on 1/29/10, and previously:
Blocked URLs 12/29/09
Blocked URLs 11/29/09
Blocked URLs 10/30/09
British Defamation Complaint to Google
Blocked URLsOctober 30, 2009
For legal reasons, we've excluded from our search results content located at or under the following URL/directory:
Cause: We were requested to remove this URL from our search results in order to comply with local law.
I thought banning web posts and political commentary was a Chinese deal. Political correctness? I have no idea.
I do Know that the combination of Google technology and big overreaching government can be toxic to personal liberty. Here is something you probably did not know:
Google Goggles looks sort of cool, no harm there you say, but wait. Think about it , the name itself is creepy, but think about what could be done with this technology.
What if you take a picture of people walking in the street and google archives them? (England is street camera crazy.) This google technology could be refined to recognize faces and government could catalog your every move. An individual could stalk you, your wife or your children anywhere, anywhere.
I have no idea who in the UK is monitoring The Elephant Bar or why. I do know that google has turned into an information monster, for good or evil.
If a government can demand information be repressed does that right extend to an individual? Can I or anyone else demand that archived information be removed? if the STASI in Communist East Germany was evil for maintaining dossiers on citizens, is not the more efficient Google at least worrisome?
Anything written on a blog is done with full knowledge that it is for the world to see. A government like China or its soul mate England can obviously repress free expression. Should an individual have the same right to opt out of an information dump about them, when most of the information was never intended for public exposure?
Should something someone said or did in the eighth grade stay in the public domain forever?