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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