“Information-Superhighway”, this is what the internet was termed as in its earlier stages, with an aim to provide fast and limitless access to data. For many, this is what surfing the web is like, but for others this web of information has dead-ends in the form of Internet censorship.
Internet censorship which fueled from the intention to protect children from unsuitable content to bureaucratic and authoritarian interventions to curb a nation’s access to information. Personal perception or public benefit, no matter what the reasons are, the end result of blocked access to web pages remains the same.
Internet censorship can’t be classified as a parental tool or governmental instrument to restrict specific information on the web through freely available software in the consumer market which can put a full-stop on the information access through certain websites. While most people know the software as Web filters, censorship opponents call it censorware.
India is not far behind when it comes to internet policing, with 255 instances of India asking for internet content censorship.
According to Google Inc, a total of 1000 demands were received from governments around the world to take down YouTube videos and search listings and Google complied with them more than half the time
In its transparency report, Google stated objections from India on 133 YouTube videos, stating reasons of national security and defamation, besides banning 26 web searches and 49 blogs. A recent move made by the Indian government of banning certain websites was reported which was later revoked.
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