Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Google Is Censoring Aadhar Project And UIDAI Related Results

Till now it is no more a secret that Google is censoring web results, especially news results, in India either on its own or at the instance of Indian government. In the past many of our posts on Aadhar project of India or UID project of India and unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) have been censored, dumped and tampered with by Google.

Aadhar Project and UIDAI has many Weaknesses and Fallacies that make it Illegal and Unconstitutional from the very beginning, says Praveen Dalal, managing partner of New Delhi based ICT law firm Perry4Law and leading techno legal expert of India. Both Aadhar Project and UIDAI are Illegal and Unconstitutional yet India Government is doing it level best to “impose it” upon Indians, says Dalal.

In an effort to give Aadhar project a positive image, Indian government is trying every method to suppress the opposite views and censoring of web results and news results is just one of them.

The latest to add to this web censorship list is another article on Aadhar project and UIDAI titled the evil intents of Aadhar project and UIDAI. Google shows news results at news search and search engine results pages (SERPS) as well. It also shows Twitter tweets in the realtime results. The abovementioned article on Aadhar project and UIDAI was temporarily removed from SERPS mentioning news results on these topics as well as permanently from the realtime results, with or without the knowledge of Twitter. Although the news article remained in the main news results yet it was pushed far below than it deserved.

Ever since the cyber law of India has been amended through the information technology amendment act 2008 (IT Act 2000), Indian cyber law has become a draconian tool in the hands of Indian government and its agencies. Indian government is censoring and controlling information that it considers to be controversial.

The bigger question is whether Google is helping India in this illegal and unconstitutional exercise of Indian government or private persons or organisations working for the Indian government? The answer definitely seems to be yes and with so many news items and Blog posts musing about this fact, it is difficult to believe that Google is not aware of this situation.

The Nandan Nilekani led Aadhar project and UIDAI is unconstitutional as it is neither supported by any law nor it has any safeguards for protecting civil liberties of Indians. Initially, UIDAI said that UID number would be optional but now government is making it mandatory both directly and indirectly. Further, by suppressing the public inputs, objections and suggestions, Indian government is just proving the points that Aadhar and UIDAI are most offensive tools of civil liberty violations in India.