Privacy to porno: What censorship means around the world [map]

Google keeping track and making available our data.

Gigaom

Google (s goog) released data today that shows requests for censorship and surveillance are on the rise worldwide. Google keeps track of government requests to remove its content (requests it sometimes abides) and releases data biannually.  We mapped those numbers, which include July 2010 through June of this year, to show the main products each government is targeting and the reasons they gave for doing so.

What it shows is that censorship varies greatly across the world — some of which stretches the definition of what people usually define as censorship. For example, since the reports began in 2010, the United Kingdom has led the way with 97,891 removal requests, 96,280 of which were for Google’s AdWords.

Country Sum of Items Requested To Be Removed
United Kingdom 97,891
South Korea 33,235
Brazil 15,919
United States 12,537
Germany 7,962

But the majority of the U.K.’s removal requests occurred in…

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Google opens up on seven years of its data center history

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Gigaom

Google’s head of data center operations provided a seven-year look at how the search giant’s data center strategy has evolved during the 7×24 Exchange conference on Tuesday in Phoenix, Ariz.,providing a new look at the secretive search giant’s operations. From the company that pioneered the idea that the data center is no longer a place to keep servers, but rather a computer in and of itself, this evolution is eye-opening.

Joe Kava, the VP of data centers for Google (s goog), kicked off his presentation with seven years of data center history at Google. So first, the timeline:

  • 2005: This is when Google used containers in its data center, where IT hardware is integrated into the data center space.
  • 2006: Google created a purpose-built data center where it moved from containers to its own data center design.
  • 2007: Google addressed the supply chain issues with “modular at…

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