Context : OnSearch, PlatformWars
Clearly it's too dangerous to allow governments to make "searching for information" illegal.
Compare the current US case against JulianAssange which is based on him "helping" / "encouraging" ChelseaManning to leak. "Asking for information" shouldn't be a crime any more than speaking information should be.
Chinese SearchEngine helps hunt for pirate music.
As search engines and other online services become more widespread, they're going to be used for more illegal activities. Governments will try to regulate, but it's likely that the big search engines or YASNS will win. Maybe there'll be a watershed where a corporation will have to decide which illegal activities it's prepared to tolerate or even encourage for the good of the platform and which it will prevent.
How would I feel if MindTrafficControl was used to plan a bank robbery? What about the sex slave-trade?
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