Jan 22, 2010

Read Between The Lines

Hillary Clinton is making headlines advocating an uncensored Internet.

"We stand for a single Internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas," said Clinton in a major address that cited China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt among countries that censored the Internet or harassed bloggers.

While on the surface this is something that I think even Conservatives can agree with her on, something doesn't feel right. Perhaps it's due to the fact that in 1998 she stated (advocating a censored Internet), "We are all going to have to rethink how we deal with this, because there are all these competing values ... Without any kind of editing function or gatekeeping function, what does it mean to have the right to defend your reputation?"

Or perhaps its strange hearing this from Clinton when in the middle of last year, the Obama administration (of whom she is the Secretary of State) asked citizens to spy on each other. That censorship and spying campaign was only halted after a huge uproar of protest.

Perhaps Clinton sounds insincere in her defense of Google's decision to no longer censor itself in China, as today Google continues to censor searches concerning Islam. Don't believe me? There is a really simple test for you to perform. Go to Google and type in "Christianity is" and take a gander of the results that the search engine's "helpful" assistant provides. Now type in "Judaism is" for similar results. Now type in "Islam is." Whoa, what's that? Nothing comes up at all! Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch has been communicating with Google about this, yet

Thirteen days, and a week during which presumably the techie masterminds at Google have been on this case, and still Google can't seem to figure out how to wire their search box so that it pops up suggestions for "Islam is" that are comparable to the suggestions you get for "Buddhism is" or "Hinduism is" or "Christianity is."

As of today, the count is up to sixteen days without a change. Methinks that Google has no intention what so ever of "fixing the bug."

So while on the surface Hillary sounds sincere concerning a free Internet, her actions, as well as the actions of the Obama administration and Google itself says something completely different. Perhaps when the before mentioned begin to actually support freedom instead of suppressing it, people may begin to take her a bit more seriously.

1 comment:

Rushlight said...

Interesting comment about googling "islam is". I went to ask.com, and the suggested results all started "islam in" instead of "is".