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Google Censors the Internet

Jan 29 2013 Update#3: As of yesterday or so, when Google rolled out their new interface they also included the SafeSearch changes for all other English domains that I know of, such as the UK’s, Canada’s, Australia’s, New Zealand’s, South Africa’s, etc. Google Image has essentially been killed. Looks like I’m switching over to Bing.

Are you in the US? Have you tried searching Google Images for anything since December 12th, like oh say… boobs?

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Go ahead, go google image boobs. I’ll wait. Of course, if you were lucky you may have SafeSearch disabled and you only get the UK equivalent of “Moderate SafeSearch” which has been permanently forced upon us. There is no longer an “off” switch to their censorship.

If you search for boobs with it “on” you will get no results at all. If you search with it “off” then you will get boobs, minus explicit results.

At this point you’re probably like “Okay, I’ve had enough of this bullshit!” Or at least, if you’re anything like me then you are. Oh it’s not limited to boobs, by the way. It’s the same for everything.

‘We are not censoring any adult content, and want to show users exactly what they are looking for — but we aim not to show sexually-explicit results unless a user is specifically searching for them,’ Google said in a statement.

‘We use algorithms to select the most relevant results for a given query. If you’re looking for adult content, you can find it without having to change the default setting — you just may need to be more explicit in your query if your search terms are potentially ambiguous. The image search settings now work the same way as in Web search,’ it continued.

“Specifically searching for them,” eh? Okay, Google. Let’s google “blowjob” and see what we find… So uh, hey… if I specifically search for blowjob, that… does mean I’m looking for pictures of blowjobs…. right? Right?! …No? 😦

If you don’t like it, sadly the only choice is to either switch to a different search engine (Hey this is a good time to throw this out there: If you have any Google stock… abort, abort! Abandon ship!), or use a different country’s version of Google. If you’re using Internet Explorer or Firefox you can add Google’s Search Engine for other countries to your browser’s search options. I’m using Google CA-en SSL myself – Canada’s version Google, which hasn’t been censored… yet.

If they do roll this out to other countries, I’ve gotta say… I’m leaving Google entirely and going to Bing, Yahoo, or somewhere else. I won’t stand for this shit. When I search for something I expect to find it, not for my results to be censored. This is America… and you know what? China, where porn is illegal, has a less censored Google now. Laugh at that for awhile, before you start crying when you realize how terrible it is.

So tell me, what happened to “Don’t censor the web,” assholes?

Jan 13, 2013 Update#1: I don’t use Chrome, but if anyone out there uses Google Chrome and is looking to find out how to bypass it as well, here’s how you do it…

For Chrome just click the = thing up at the top right then go to Settings then under Search go to Manage Search Engines.

Then down at the bottom use this info:

Google CA (SSL)

google.ca

https://www.google.ca/search?q=%s{google:acceptedSuggestion}{google:originalQueryForSuggestion}{google:assistedQueryStats}{google:searchFieldtrialParameter}sourceid=chrome&ie={inputEncoding}

Then just hit enter. Then hover over it and hit “Default” and it’ll be your default.

Jan 13, 2013 Update#2 I was informed that the recent changes are also adversely effective reverse google image searching. I’ve already fixed mine, so here’s how you do that…

If you have Firefox, grab this Add-on: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/image-search-options/

By default I don’t think it has Google Image search, so here’s the info for that…

Sub-Menu ->
http://www.google.com/favicon.ico

Left Click Settings
http://www.google.ca/searchbyimage

Variables (one per line)
image_url=::$URL::

GET Var Markers:
?
&

(unchecked) Use POST instead of GET

Right Click Settings
http://www.google.ca/searchbyimage/upload

Variables (one per line)
encoded_image=::$IMGDATA::

GET Var Markers:
?
&

(checked) Use POST instead of GET

Doing it like this will give you a right click contextual menu where you can use google image search via Canada’s version of google which is uncensored. I personally also use IQDB, which is useful for anime style art.

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Senate sneaks in SOPA under a new name


U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (REUTERS / Yuri Gripas)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) launches a second round of attacks in an attempt to censor the Internet.

After trying to adopt Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA), both pieces of legislation turned out to be a disaster, causing outrage among Internet giants and ordinary users alike. Congress had to retreat. However it’s determined to get what it wants this time.

After the shelving of SOPA and PIPA back in January Reid stated,“There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved.”

As RT reported last month, Senator Reid added that lawmakers will“continue engaging with all stakeholders to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the Internet.”

The vote on the anti-piracy legislation was postponed from its January 24date after Wikipedia and other popular websites went dark to protest the draft law.

Now the battle for online freedom continues.

The rebuttal to push Internet-regulating legislation has transformed into a new cybersecurity bill. The particulars of the latest attempt by senators to censor the Internet have not been disclosed to the public.

However some leaks suggest that the bill will grant the authority to crack down on the Internet to the executive branch of power, namely the White House. It looks highly possible taking into consideration that the legislation has to come out of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

The same Lieberman who earlier co-sponsored the so called Kill Switch bill that could allow the president of the United States to “declare a cybersecurity emergency,” and practically shut down the Internet.

After outrage from Internet advocacy groups, Kill Switch never made it in the Senate. This time it may be back under a new name.

Source: RT

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Internet 1. RIAA/MPAA 0.

Okay okay, so there was the whole MegaUpload thing… a-aand… Napster… ahem… But this is an assured victory for the Internet!

Tribler Makes BitTorrent Impossible to Shut Down

While the file-sharing ecosystem is currently filled with uncertainty and doubt, researchers at Delft University of Technology continue to work on their decentralized BitTorrent network. Their Tribler client doesn’t require torrent sites to find or download content, as it is based on pure peer-to-peer communication. “The only way to take it down is to take the Internet down,” the lead researcher says.

The Tribler BitTorrent client is no newcomer to the BitTorrent scene. It has been in development for more than 5 years and has delivered many innovative features, which have mostly been ignored by the masses.

Today, however, Tribler is more relevant than ever before.

Developed by a team of researchers at Delft University of Technology, the main goal is to come up with a robust implementation of BitTorrent that doesn’t rely on central servers. Instead, Tribler is designed to keep BitTorrent alive, even when all torrent search engines, indexes and trackers are pulled offline.

“Our key scientific quest is facilitating unbounded information sharing,” Tribler leader Dr. Pouwelse tells TorrentFreak.

“We simply don’t like unreliable servers. With Tribler we have achieved zero-seconds downtime over the past six years, all because we don’t rely on shaky foundations such as DNS, web servers or search portals.”

So how does it work?

Like many other BitTorrent clients, Tribler has a search box at the top of the application. However, the search results that appear when users type in a keyword don’t come from a central index. Instead, they come directly from other peers.

Tribler’s decentralized search results

Downloading a torrent is also totally decentralized. When a user clicks on one of the search results, the meta-data is pulled in from another peer and the download starts immediately. Tribler is based on the standard BitTorrent protocol and uses regular BitTorrent trackers to communicate with other peers. But, it can also continue downloading when a central tracker goes down.

The same is true for spam control. Where most torrent sites have a team of moderators to delete viruses, malware and fake files, Tribler uses crowd-sourcing to keep the network clean. Content is verified by user generated “channels”, which can be “liked” by others. When more people like a channel, the associated torrents get a boost in the search results.

The latest addition to Tribler is a Wikipedia-style editing system dubbed “Open2Edit,” where users have the option to edit names and descriptions of torrents in public channels. All without a central server, totally decentralized.

open2Edit

According to Dr. Pouwelse, Tribler is fully capable of resisting any pressure from outside, and it will still work when all torrent sites and trackers are gone. It simply can’t be shutdown, blocked or censored, whatever laws politicians may come up with.

“The only way to take it down is to take The Internet down.” Pouwelse told us.

One thing that could theoretically cause issues, is the capability for starting users to find new peers. To be on the safe side the Tribler team is still looking for people who want to act as so called bootstraptribler peers. These users will act as superpeers, who distribute lists of active downloaders.

“Together with software bugs and a code cleanup, that is now our last known weakness,” says Pouwelse.

While the Tribler client only has a few thousand users at the moment, for avid file-sharers it must be a relief to know that it’s out there. No matter what crazy laws may pass in the future, people will always be able to share.

Those who want to give it a spin are welcome download Tribler here. It’s completely Open Source and with a version for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Source

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