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Google: Australian Government Could Censor Political You Tube Videos

Posted By admin On February 11, 2010 @ 1:23 pm In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Google baulks at Conroy’s call to censor YouTube

ASHER MOSES
The Age [1]
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Google says it will not “voluntarily” comply with the government’s request that it censor YouTube videos in accordance with broad “refused classification” (RC) content rules.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy referred to Google’s censorship on behalf of the Chinese and Thai governments in making his case for the company to impose censorship locally.

Google warns this would lead to the removal of many politically controversial, but harmless, YouTube clips.

University of Sydney associate professor Bjorn Landfeldt, one of Australia’s top communications experts, said that to comply with Conroy’s request Google “would have to install a filter along the lines of what they actually have in China”.

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Google: Australian Government Could Censor Political You Tube Videos 190110banner4 [2]

As it prepares to introduce legislation within weeks forcing ISPs to block a blacklist of RC websites, the government says it is in talks with Google over blocking the same type of material from YouTube.

YouTube’s rules already forbid certain videos that would be classified RC, such as sex, violence, bestiality and child pornography. But the RC classification extends further to more controversial content such as information on euthanasia, material about safer drug use [3] and material on how to commit more minor crimes such as painting graffiti [4].

Google said all of these topics were featured in videos on YouTube and it refused to censor these voluntarily. It said exposing these topics to public debate was vital for democracy.

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[1] The Age: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/google-baulks-at-conroys-call-to-censor-youtube-20100211-ntm0.html

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[3] safer drug use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=SnsK_4gOYHU

[4] painting graffiti: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ufj29od9nCk&feature=PlayList&p=074561AF8379B09A&index=25

[5] Government Orders You Tube To Censor Protest Videos: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-orders-you-tube-to-censor-protest-videos.html

[6] Feds Order You Tube To Remove Video For Containing “Government Criticism”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/feds-order-you-tube-to-remove-video-for-containing-government-criticism.html

[7] Google reports ‘alarming’ rise in censorship by governments: http://www.prisonplanet.com/google-reports-alarming-rise-in-censorship-by-governments.html

[8] Climate cleansing: Google to censor skeptics?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/climate-cleansing-google-to-censor-skeptics.html

[9] How will you know who’s recording? Google Glass protestors set up campaign group to censor the high-tech eyewear: http://www.prisonplanet.com/how-will-you-know-whos-recording-google-glass-protestors-set-up-campaign-group-to-censor-the-high-tech-eyewear.html

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