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[liberationtech] google follows twitter

Robert Guerra rguerra at privaterra.org
Thu Feb 2 18:12:09 PST 2012


James, yes - with simple techniques - users can disable content being blocked in their country. However, user needs to be proactive.

I see the ccTLD redirection as opening other jurisdictional issues. I prefer the twitter approach..

Will be interesting to see if national authorities that require content to be blocked will also require intermediaries to disable user configurable circumvention techniques - such as setting cookies and/or country settings .

Robert


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On 2012-02-02, at 8:49 PM, Craig Blaha wrote:

> Hi James,
> 
> Google offers some advice:
> 
> If you visit a blog that does not correspond to your current location as
> determined by your IP address, the blogspot servers will redirect you to
> the domain associated with your country, if it’s a supported ccTLD.
> 
> Blog readers may request a specific country version of the blogspot content
> by entering a specially formatted “NCR” URL.
> 
> NCR stands for “No Country Redirect” and will always display
> buzz.blogger.com in English, whether you’re in India, Brazil, Honduras,
> Germany, or anywhere.
> 
> For example: http://[blogname].blogspot.com/ncr – always goes to the U.S.
> English blog.
> 
> This special URL sets a short-lived cookie (session and/or a short life
> time) that will prevent geo-based redirection from the requested domain.
> This applies to all web browsers and all Operating Systems.
> 
> 
> 
> Craig
> 
> On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM, James Losey <jameswlosey at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Hi Robert and Jillian,
>> 
>> Thanks you both for your input. If I understand correctly, Twitter has a
>> bit of a "wink wink nudge nudge <
>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ona-RhLfRfc>"
>> suggestion that if users can pretend they are in another country then their
>> tweets have a significantly greater likely hood of not being censored by
>> said country. But if Google users are now being assigned to the appropriate
>> ccTLD is this a new priority to institute geographic identification and are
>> there reasonably easy ways to circumvent?
>> 
>> Best,
>> J
>> 
>> On Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM, Robert Guerra <rguerra at privaterra.org
>>> wrote:
>> 
>>> Jillian,
>>> 
>>> Yes Google has been dealing with content (ie. blocking) on a per country
>>> basis for a while.  what is new is that they will now direct users to
>> their
>>> Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLD)'s. In so doing they are moving the
>>> user to the jurisdiction of the ccTLD operator - and any legal framework,
>>> requirements and/or other regulations that they may have.
>>> 
>>> So the user is being brought closer to a national level authority,
>>> something which wasn't the case before.
>>> 
>>> Robert
>>> 
>>> 
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>>> 
>>> On 2012-02-02, at 6:45 PM, Jillian C. York wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Sort of...Google has been managing content removal on a per-country
>> basis
>>>> for YouTube for awhile now, if I recall.
>>>> 
>>>> On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 12:15 AM, Eric S Johnson <
>> crates at oneotaslopes.org
>>>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> "Migrating to localized domains will allow us to continue promoting
>> free
>>>>> expression and responsible publishing while providing greater
>>> flexibility
>>>>> in
>>>>> complying with valid removal requests pursuant to local law. By
>>> utilizing
>>>>> ccTLDs, content removals can be managed on a per country basis, which
>>> will
>>>>> limit their impact to the smallest number of readers. Content removed
>>> due
>>>>> to
>>>>> a specific country's law will only be removed from the relevant
>> ccTLD."
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en
>>>>> <http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2402711
>>> 
>>>>> &answer=2402711
>>>>> 
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