Sunday 30 September 2012

Google Censorship At Its Worst

Google is engaging in illegal blogs and news censorship in India. This is no more a secret as news about this censorship exercise of Google is making rounds in the blog sphere. Even there is a dedicated blog managed by Perry4Law and PTLB in this regard.

As per the latest news Google has once again censored and demoted more blogs in India. Not only blogs but even news articles have been frequently censored by Google in India. This unilateral exercise of Google of censoring and manipulating with blogs and search results is an unwarranted and undesirable exercise on the part of Google.

According to the blog post, the following websites have been demoted and subjected to manual action penalty by Google without any reason and justification:

(1) Cyber Forensics In India

(2) Cyber Security In India

(3) E-Discovery Services In India

(4) E-Commerce Laws And Regulations In India

(5) Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB)

(6) Corporate Laws In India

(7) Techno Legal Online Dispute Resolution Services

Even the resource titled International ICT Policies and Strategies seems to have been censored by Google.

All of these blogs are world renowned and none of them is violating any terms and conditions of Google. On the contrary they are part of the best techno legal websites of the world. It is strange that blogs have been censored for their qualitative and unique contents.

We are waiting for more details in this regard and would report the same as soon as they are available.

Best Techno Legal Websites Of India

In this post we would be covering some of the exclusive techno legal websites of India. These websites are not only exclusive techno legal websites of India but they are also the best in the world.

If you are interested in fields like cyber law, cyber security, cyber forensics, e-courts, e-discovery, e-commerce, etc these are the websites that you must be looking forward.

These websites are:

(2) Cyber Forensics In India

(3) Cyber Security In India

(4) E-Discovery Services In India

(5) E-Commerce Laws And Regulations In India

(6) Electronic Courts In India

(7) Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB)

(8) Corporate Laws In India

(9) International ICT Policies And Strategies

Collectively these websites are covering the entire gamut of techno legal issues that India is facing or may face in the future.

We hope you would find the collection of these websites useful.

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Radia Tapes News Censorship Updates-06-09-2012

The news article titled Radia Tapes, Ratan Tata’s Privacy, Fundamental Rights and Public Interest was censored by Google on 05-09-2012 and till 06-09-2012 it is still censored.

There was nothing wrong with the article and this censorship is a direct attack upon our freedom of speech and expression and right to known and share.

In this post we have consolidated all the posts covering this issue at a single place so that this article can be circulated to maximum number of civil liberty protection groups. This act of censorship by Google is a gross civil liberty violation and we must enforce our civil liberties protection in cyberspace.

The relevant posts in this regard are:

(4) Google and Indian Government Censoring Radia Tapes News

Indian government is actively denying human rights protection in India. Right to share information upon Internet in a free and fair manner is our human right and we wish to exercise it to the fullest possible extent.

Google Is Censoring News In India

Censorship of news and manipulation of search results by Google is no new news. Google has been censoring and filtering news, blog posts, search results, etc for long. Most of these news and posts are those pertaining to controversies that Indian government has created itself.

According to the latest alert by the exclusive blog on censorship initiatives of Google and Indian government, Google has once again obliged Indian government by becoming its censorship buddy. Thus, Google continues to censor news in India on behalf of Indian government.

Google has censored the news item titled “Radia Tapes, Ratan Tata’s Privacy, Fundamental Rights and Public Interest” on 05-09-2012. At the time of writing of this article on 06-09-2012, the news item is still censored. Even the post pertaining to this disclosure at censorship blog has been manipulated and censored by Google.

By censoring this news Indian government has proved that it is not interested in public interest and protection of right to speech and expression and right to information of its citizens.

As a matter of fact, when there is a conflict between two fundamental rights, the public interest test becomes important. According to Praveen Dalal, leading techno legal expert of Asia and managing partner of ICT law firm Perry4Law, “The Indian Constitutional Scheme is based upon “Balance of Rights” and no right is absolute in nature. In case of conflict between two Fundamental Rights, the Fundamental Right that strengthens and substantiate the Public Interest should prevail”. Hence if there is a conflict between Right to Privacy and Right to Information/know, information can be disclosed in certain circumstances to substantiate and strengthen Public Interest, opines Dalal. 

Thus, instead of telling the Supreme Court of India about the source of leakage and making aware of the citizens of India of the contents of Nira Radia tapes, all the Google and Indian government has done is censorship of such news item.

While the traditional media is silent on these crucial news, it is our duty to spread the word by using social media platforms and online news mechanisms. We would update on this issue very soon.