Digital Surveillance on the Rise
Twice a year Google releases its Transparency Report outlining governmental requests for user information and content governments would like removed from search results.
The above graph shows the increase in user data requests by governments.
Via the Google Blog:
This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise. As you can see from the graph below, government demands for user data have increased steadily since we first launched the Transparency Report. In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts.
Leading the pack is the United States with over 7,900 requests, 90% of which Google “fully or partly complied with”, followed by India (over 2,300) and Brazil (over 1,500). Denmark’s been most mellow with 32 total requests.
The report also shows copyright removal requests made by companies and takedown requests have spiked as well with upwards of 2,000,000 per week. Leading that group over the last month is a company called Degban (which appears to do it on behalf of porn companies), followed by the British Recorded Music Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America respectively.
We find no irony in that. — MIchael
Image: Government requests from around the world to hand over user data, via Google.
The space shuttle Endeavour is on its last mission today, a 12-mile creep through Los Angeles city streets on a 160-wheeled carrier. It is passing through neighborhoods and strip malls, headed toward its final destination, the California Science Center in South Los Angeles. At times, the shuttle has barely cleared trees, houses and and street signs along a course heavily prepared for the trip. The move will cost an estimated $10 million, according to the Exposition Park museum. Gathered here are a few images of Endeavour’s last journey.
Today in doing things just because we can.
Source: The Atlantic
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