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Censorship

Check out Indiana University’s Censearchip. It allows you to see how search engine censorship (on Google or Yahoo) in various countries affects the search engine results pages (SERPs) you see depending on where you search from (well if you’re in China, France, Germany, and the USA. It’s quite fascinating to see the tag clouds it generates to show the differences between searching in different countries.

The tool’s developers, Mark Meiss and Filippo Menczer at the Indiana University School of Informatics, caution that “In order to give as accurate a comparison as possible, we’ve disabled the ‘SafeSearch’ feature that search engines use to block images with explicit violent or sexual content from their search results. Some of the images returned may be quite graphic and inappropriate for children. Please exercise caution in your searches!”

You have been warned.

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