Pandia reports on a new censorship comparison tool developed by researchers at Indiana University. The tool compares the preeminance of words featured in the top ten results of Yahoo or Google by displaying words graphically giving weight to those terms which are more frequent – the end result is a graphic somewhat reminiscent of Technorati tags.
Called Censearchip – the team behind the tool have clearly chosen China, France and Germany – compared with the US – because of the recent censorship issues in China and the restrictions placed on search engines in terms of displaying Nazi material – by Germany and France.
In addition to this ‘political’ censorship – it would be useful to be able to compare results by country where ‘business’ censorship has an impact – for instance the filtering of results which takes place between the US and the UK.
There must be other tools out there which do do this – any suggestions?