Editorial: Googling the Censors

In most repressive countries, government censors like to toil in the shadows, maintaining a cover of deniability as they block citizens’ access to information. It is gratifying to see that the Internet and Google are making their job tougher.Four months ago, Google unveiled a tool that allows users to monitor the requests received from governments to take down material or report data on the users of their search engine and other services. This month, it released another tool that will expose less overt attempts by governments to curtail its various services, including YouTube and Gmail.

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