I came across this article about Google and content censorship and takedown requests by the government and corporations : http://www.theverge.com/2012/11/14/3643998/google-transparency-report-h1-2012 .
It grabbed my attention because it states that Google will be issuing it’s transparency report for the year which reveals exactly what companies, institutions and countries have asked Google to remove content from the search engine. The article states that over the last six months alone, Google has seen a 71 percent increase in content removal.
Jeff Jarvis’s piece “What Would Google Do?” asks us to find alternate ways to convey news other than newspapers. He calls for us to think outside the box and harness the internet for solutions to the dying newspaper industry. He offers great advice and solutions for journalists and the news companies. But with content takedown requests and content censorship apparently on the rise, does this pose a problem for us as media/news consumers? To me, this transparency report offers a lot of insight about who “owns” the media and who has a say over what content to publish and what content to censor. Can we really rely on the the power of the internet to save journalism and the news when there is so much censorship and filtering going on by the people who are in power over content?
For me personally, I’ve seen a huge decline in search engine efficiency. Youtube is not what it used to be, I rarely use it anymore when looking for videos. There are increasing copyright claims and content removal. This topic really frustrates me…
What do you guys think about this?