The filter bubble is particularly pernicious when searching for political topics. That’s because undecided and inquisitive voters turn to search engines to conduct basic research on candidates and issues in the critical time when they are forming their opinions on them. If they’re getting information that is swayed to one side because of their personal filter bubbles, then this can have a significant effect on political outcomes in aggregate.
Now, after the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and other recent elections, there is justified new interest in examining the ways people can be influenced politically online. In that context, we conducted another study to examine the state of Google’s filter bubble problem in 2018.
Interesting study into the very real problem of Google’s filter bubble, but do note that the study is performed by DuckDuckGo, a competitor to Google Search (one that I use myself, I might add). That being said, all the results, methodology, and data is freely available, and the code used to analyse the data is available on GitHub.
Between the culture war, european law and chinese law we are sort of fucked. There is an unhealthy association between the democrats and silicon valley the eu governent and instustry and well is government and istustry in china realy two different things? And with that we are sort of done with the big and powerful in the world.
I am sort of feeling like we are stuck between a corporate theocracy and 1982 and it has fucked with the way i’ve felt and thought about most issues to the point where i am not on the political side i was only two years ago and don’t know where I’m heading. I’ve come to the point where I’m taking some of the conspiracy theories more seriously (ijon tichy by stanislaw lem anybody?)
I want to avoid the technology I’ve come to use for news and communication because I don’t trust the companies behind it but can’t quit them either.
As sad as it sounds even microsoft is a saner alternative to google right now and facebook, twitter and amazon…