Free WiFi for India: but will they censor content?

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Google has announced that it is to provide totally free WiFi across India, in an attempt to promote the use of their social network Google+, and affiliated sites such as YouTube. There is at the moment less than 10% Net penetration in India, this service will greatly advantage consumers in India. Of course, it will also advantage Google, whose Android phones are in competitors with other common smartphones such as the BlackBerry Bellagio and the Nokia Lumia.

However, the announcement comes at an exciting time, after Delhi High Court ordered Google India, along with Facebook India, to moderate their content, or face getting blocked. Justice Suresh Kaitsaid “Like China, we will block all such internet sites.”

It has been argued in response to this that Google is not responsible for third-celebration content, generating it unfeasible for the search engine to actually be blocked. MukulRohatgitestified that “No human interference is attainable, and moreover, it cannot be feasible to check such incidents. Billions of individuals across the globe post their articles on the site. Yes, they might be dematory, obscene, but can not be checked.”

It seems that Google in India may possibly be safe for now. But how will they make positive that folks access the Google sites, rather than rivals? They’re providing the free of charge WiFi on the basis of unlimited usage of Google+, and ten minutes of access to YouTube. Customers who wish to access other web sites will spend by the minute, limiting access to rival websites such as Facebook and Yahoo.

Google is supplying this service in association with O-Zone Networks. O-Zone Networks CEO SanjeevSarin said: “This is a very first-of-its-sort promotional tie-up. This association in between Google India and O-Zone Networks reinforces the fact that people are now realising the power of Wi-Fi.”

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