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Sometimes you think the world can never chance, companies and governments won’t ever really improve or open themselves to scrutiny, they’ll never backtrack because in the end all they care about are money and power. Well, maybe that’s true. And maybe, Google’s famous desire to “Do No Evil” is naive, pie-in-the-sky silliness. But today, Google did something good. They released a new feature, called Government Requests, that lists requests from national governments to either see Google’s user data or to take down items from their search results. Some of these requests could be for really good reasons, like removing child pornography or catching criminals under court order. But google doesn’t comply with all the requests, and they tell you how much they do for each country.
So the stats are bound to prove interesting for citizens in lobbying their governments to be more open.
Check it out, then go ask your government to be open about what the requests were for:
Posted by Mark Crowley on April 20, 2010
He’s going for it, Murdoch has announced that Times Online will begin to charge, get this, $1.50 a DAY for access to their online news!
Oh ya, that’s gonna work out great. I am not against papers trying to implement incremental charges to fund their journalism costs. Nothing comes for free and advertising is not free. But any pay for access system needs to account for how people actually use the internet and how much a single read is worth.
I find articles by searching, linking from aggregator blogs or following links on twitter. So I’m not going to log into a particular newsite, pay $1.50 and then read a whole bunch of articles that day. I might read one article from your site, if its comes to the top in my google news search, or a big blog links to it. But if it asks me to pay I just go back and read an article about the same event from the Guardian or the New York Times. Now maybe they’ll all make me pay, you say. Well, they won’t, if just a few are free they’ll get a lot more readers and their advertising will become profitable. (more…)
Posted by Mark Crowley on March 27, 2010