Banned on Google: How to fight EU Censorship?

The new European laws about "the right to be forgotten", however absurd they might be, is a new government threat for data engines.

First these laws are absurd because

  • Very difficult to enforce: how do you (or Google) prove that a guy requesting content removal is real, as opposed to a fake, and that the request is valid (not some form of hacking or hiding tracks to escape justice). Indeed it could lead to Europe attracting criminals from all over the world, who want to "be forgotten".
  • You can force Google.fr (or any EU version of Google) to comply with the law, but you can't force Google.com (not targeted to Europeans) to comply. Indeed EU is trying hard to force Google.com to comply

The good news

Google makes money in Europe and cares about complying with EU laws (up to some point) to preserve revenue streams in Europe. But what about a little guy outside Europe, who will never make money from European web traffic, and who cares about free speech, but not about European regulations?

This indeed creates an opportunity.It can be a big traffic generator for someone not subject to EU laws. And there's someone already testing the waters: BannedOnGoogle.com. Some data entrepreneurs will probably make money out of this in one way or another (e.g. re-selling censored data, or generating profit via ad revenue), and eventually defeat these laws, without using any lawyers. 

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