Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 12:28 UTC
Google "Google's quest to guess what we want before we want it has produced an unusual side effect: a disparity in the results the company presents about the presidential candidates. A Wall Street Journal examination found that the search engine often customizes the results of people who have recently searched for 'Obama' - but not those who have recently searched for 'Romney'." A confirmation bias' wet dream, this. The confirmation bias is already one of the root psychological causes of much of the problems in the world as it is - we really shouldn't have technology companies make it worse. Technology - and more specifically, the internet - should fight this bias, not affirm it.
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google, privacy, censorship
by manicboy on Sat 10th Nov 2012 17:42 UTC
manicboy
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2012-11-10

I found this page by googling 'irony "It’s good to know that your IP address helps websites guess your location' - a quote from their privacy page.

I'm really uneasy with Google's information monopoly right now - info delivery to, and info collection about, us: http://manicnotes.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/google-censorship-and-inf... It's not a good thing that one company chooses the information we have access to and so much information about us. And they have far more info on us than people realise. Even this site is running Google scripts on my PC.

I just wish there were better search engines out there... especially ones that let you think for yourself by allowing heavy Booleanising.

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