According to Google definitions:
“Censoring: counterintelligence achieved by banning or deleting any information of value to the enemy.”
“Censorship is the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the government or media organizations as determined by a censor.”
“The use of state or group power to control freedom of expression, such as passing laws to prevent media from being published or propagated.”
Last Saturday we reposted a news item in which the US is said to have blocked access to Sourceforge and other sites to citizens of Cuba. The story got me thinking and asking lots of questions to myself. Just this evening I came across this post on Axis of Logic titled how the US and Google censor the internet. I found some points raised there quite interesting.
Is it true that a bill was tabled before congress that sought to give the US president absolute power to take over the internet? Why does the US ban access to sites, and not just any sites but open source application sites to citizens of other countries? Why does Google do same with their code hosting service Google Code? I find it very funny and ironic when the kettle tells the pot how black it looks!