Search engines are increasingly censoring their results, often by geographic location, having a significant, negative impact on the right to freedom of expression. The most advanced cases of censoring political content is in search engines that market a version of their product in China. This project aims to expose and monitor the censoring practices of search engines with a specific focus on China.
In order to avoid interference from the China's filtering system, the China-specific versions of Google and MSN, which are hosted outside of China, are queried from outside of China and the China-specific versions of Yahoo and Baidu, hosted inside China, are queried from inside China.
|Run Number||Engine (uncensored)||Number of Keywords||Number of Results||Timestamp|
|Run 1||60||10||2007-11-28 10:17:27|
|Run 2||60||10||2007-12-13 16:05:10|
|Run 3||60||10||2008-01-18 15:57:38|
|Run 4||60||10||2008-02-09 11:58:23|
|Run 5||Yahoo||60||10||2008-02-15 07:19:20|
|Run 6||60||10||2008-03-16 15:59:46|
|Run 7||60||10||2008-03-19 10:07:06|
|Run 8||60||10||2008-04-06 10:44:06|