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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Google Admits Censorship


Google this week 
in its search results. 


Google cranks up the Consensus Engine The Register hat tip N47

By Andrew Orlowski • Get more from this author

Google this week admitted that its staff will pick and choose what appears in its search results. It's a historic statement - and nobody has yet grasped its significance.

THEY PICK AND CHOOSE?

Not so very long ago, Google disclaimed responsibility for its search results by explaining that these were chosen by a computer algorithm. The disclaimer lives on at Google News, where we are assured that:

The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program. A few years ago, Google's apparently unimpeachable objectivity got some people very excited, and technology utopians began to herald Google as the conduit for a new form of democracy. Google was only too pleased to encourage this view. It explained that its algorithm "relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page's value. "

That Google was impartial was one of the articles of faith. For if Google was ever to be found to be applying subjective human judgment directly on the process, it would be akin to the voting machines being rigged.

For these soothsayers of the Hive Mind, the years ahead looked prosperous. As blog-aware marketing and media consultants, they saw a lucrative future in explaining the New Emergent World Order to the uninitiated. (That part has come true - Web 2.0 "gurus" now advise large media companies).

It wasn't surprising, then, that when five years ago I described how a small, self-selected number of people could rig Google's search results, the reaction from the people doing the rigging was violently antagonistic. Who lifted that rock? they cried.

But what was once Googlewashing by a select few now has Google's active participation.



Pamela comments: Now that Hussein is in the White House, Google (a chief fundraiser and potential member of O's administration) wants to control the news on their man.

I never saw this kind of news suppression under Bush. You could say anything, BushChimpHitler, and get away with it.

Entering the dark age ....
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15 Comments:

Blogger Ray Boyd said...

And YouTube is owned by Google. My channel CommonSenseAnon was deleted without any warning. There was nothing offensive there, but there was a news report featuring the court case re Husein Obama's birth cert.

Seems to me that this story is 100% right.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 6:45:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Ray,
We will soon be having another UK blogger joining IBA who also had his blog deleted.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 7:05:00 pm  
Blogger SamenoKami said...

I have not googled anything for over 6 months. I use Yahoo. I do use YouTube a little. I think Google is not as good as Yahoo when looking for stuff. Can't find it w/Google? It's usually in the first 5 searches at Yahoo. Looks like I made a good decision. Except this is a Google account. YIKES!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008 7:05:00 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

Ray Boyd,

I'm beginning to be ashamed of being a Google blogger. Weather or not your YouTube page had anything on it that was offensive is irrelevant. Just about everything is offensive to someone.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 7:18:00 pm  
Blogger Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

As the world system begins to crack down on this brief period of internet freedom we have been enjoying, let's make sure we have alternate ways of staying in touch and coordinated with each other. If it seems hard to track the whereabouts and next attack by the various mujahideen in the mountains of Afghanistan, it will be even harder to track us down once they've banished us from the internet. They will have driven us from the relatively "safe" cyber-world and into the "real" world, where there will be no safety for them as well as for us.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 7:44:00 pm  
Blogger shiva said...

This is a little off topic

But I just stumbled upon this

At any rate, the magistrates' offices were crowded yesterday, since - apart from those labeled as "rioters" & "hooded ones" - about 30 immigrants among those arrested during the unrest, most of them Iraqis, were in those offices for the crimes of "gang formation" & "larcenies."

http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2008/12/415227.html

Sunday, December 14, 2008 7:46:00 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

shiva,

Interesting article.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:03:00 pm  
Blogger shiva said...

posted by Pastorius

Entering the dark age ....

Is Blogger safe ?

Are any of the other blogs such as Wordpress safe, or are tey going to follow the same path as google ?

My advice is to get every thing downloaded to hard disk. This way you dont lose every thing. My blog was worth 7000 hours of dedicated hard work, luckily I saved it.

A few years ago I had people laughing at me when I mentionrd youtube where censoring anti-islam stuff.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:04:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

What really made it clear that YouTube was censoring was when they censored Michelle Malkin's video reporting that they were censoring.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:18:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Romanos and Shiva,
You too make good points.

We ought to do both things,

1) save everything to disc, so we can restart our blogs if they are taken down

2) start emails lists with which we pass around the information we report on.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:19:00 pm  
Blogger Damien said...

Romanos,
Shiva,
Pastorius,

Those are good ideas. Its better to be safe than sorry. I used to write stories about the cities I made playing with Simcity Societies and would post them on their webpage. Then they took their story section down, and you can't find them anymore. Now if that can happen with something so minor, why not do all we can to protect something as important as this?

Sunday, December 14, 2008 8:31:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I've been thinking for most of this year that we could well lose the Internet.

Some of us may be using other search engines. But this fact remains: Google is the one that "the public" uses. Some are not tech savvy enough to try another search engine if Google doesn't show results for what the searchers are looking for.

Saving everything to disc won't to the trick for dissemination to those who don't already have contact. Sorry.

Warren knows how to back up a blog with some free tool on the web.

Sunday, December 14, 2008 9:56:00 pm  
Blogger shiva said...

Always On Watch

My main concern is that blogger starts to shut down blogs

In my case I down-loaded every thing a few weeks before blogger blocked me.

The reason why I decided to download was because Photobucket had banned me, where as I lost quite a lot of images, which now no longer exist.

So I strongly advise every body to back up their blogs or risk losing every thing.

Monday, December 15, 2008 8:48:00 am  
Blogger Ray Boyd said...

Do what I do; host your blog yourself AND keep another identical version on Wordpress.com

IMO Wordpress.com is not part of a corporate body that will be influenced by PC. The import/export function works well and enables you to keep both blogs syncronised.

Here are both blogs, spot the difference:

http://commonsenseagainstislam.wordpress.com

http://commonsenseagainstislam.websanon.com

websanon.com is my own domain and my privacy is guaranteed by two levels of anonymity

Monday, December 15, 2008 9:42:00 am  
Blogger shiva said...

Ray Boyd said.

I was advised more than a year ago to transfer/export to Wordpress by another blogger, foolishly I did not listen.

Apparently if you transfer the links still function, and will still come up on the search engines.

I have yet not gotten around to re-doing my blog on word press as I was kind of burnt out after being blocked both by blogger and photobucket

Maybe I should, as a lot of my old material is to graphic to be here.

Monday, December 15, 2008 1:01:00 pm  

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