Swine Flu, Google Maps Style

29/04/2009

Track down the Swine Flu at Google Maps.

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The Streisand effect

29/04/2009

The Streisand effect is an Internet phenomenon where an attempt to censor or remove a piece of information backfires, causing the information to be widely publicized. Examples of such attempts include censoring a photograph, a number, a file, or a website (for example via a cease-and-desist letter). Instead of being suppressed, the information quickly receives extensive publicity, often being widely mirrored across theInternet, or distributed on file-sharing networks.

The effect is related to John Gilmore’s observation that “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it”.