Friday, December 20, 2013

Google Transparency Report

Originally Published October 30, 2011; Last Updated December 20, 2013; Last Republished December 20, 2013:

Kudos to Google for its transparency report—a wonderful report that could benefit from more timely updates that are accessible using a standard interface.

The number and intensity of events attempting to maintain or add friction to the flow of information will increase as transparent convergence is perceived to jeopardize common interests.

State actors, if defined as collections of common interests can be expected to generate a significant number of these events when it perceives its common interests are jeopardized by frictionless information flows.

Of course there can be and usually are significant differences between perceived and real interests, particularly for a State actor that defines frictionless information flows as a common interest.


UPDATED 12/03/2012 #freeandopen, take action, watch video or receive updates A free and open world depends on a free and open web


UPDATED 01/23/2013 ARS, Google Stands Up for Gmail Users, Requires Cops to Get a Warrant
UPDATED 12/03/2012 Google, Keep the Internet free and open

 UPDATED 11/29/2012 Google, Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise
"...This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise..."
As if on cue Syria just unplugged their Internet connection—maximum opaqueness and friction to Internet information flows!!


UPDATED 12/20/2013 UPI, Google reports significant increase in requests for content takedown

Reports take on increased significance in an era of ubiquitous government surveillance and modern media network insecurity.

UPDATED 03/21/2013 NYT, Microsoft Releases Report on Law Enforcement Requests

Companies providing electronic data transparency reports for law enforcement agencies, and similar government entities requests is a small set—nevertheless you have to begin somewhere and it's nice Google and Microsoft are leading—hopefully other will quickly follow.

UPDATED 12/03/2012 BBC, UN internet regulation treaty talks begin in Dubai
UPDATED 11/29/2012 SFExaminer, Is your online privacy a mirage? Government requests for Google user data jumps

Government monitoring can be a form of friction to Internet information flows.


1. A frictionless information gradient has hugely fascinating implications for State actors and presents enormous challenges for Google, our Internet, and all individuals1.

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