[LINK] 'Net filters "required" for all Australians, no opt-out

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Sun Oct 19 10:02:24 EST 2008

At 01:19 AM 19/10/2008, Jon Seymour wrote:
>This search narrows the google result set down to 7 results, with one
>blocked result:
>            site:org "Australian Politics" "illegal" "rudd" "October"
>"2008" "txxxxxxxx" "July" "Gillard"

I copied that search string  with the real t-word in and got a 
response of 2 blocked results. Then I went to the chillingeffect link 
provided and there is just a form that says they have removed some 
URLs based on child pornography. 

>This would tend to suggest that there will eventually be
>pressure on Google to stop publishing the fact that it is blocking
>search results precisely because this information can be used to help
>narrow a search,

But I can see no where that the results links are provided. I don't 
see how any information can be used to narrow anything, at least in 
that letter. However, if you search the chillingeffects database, say 
with the t-word, you can see letters with the offending link 
provided. It may just be a fluke that your results set linked to one 
with the urls listed.

The topical search is interesting, too. If you leave out an entered 
keyword and just use the drop-down box of topic area, you can see the 
number of demands/requests in that topic, and not just to google. 31 
for defamation, for example. The have a total of 2400 cease and 
desist demands in the database.


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