Google: "Did You Mean: 'He Invented'?"

Philipp Lenssen points out that when you search Google for “she invented,” on the results page you are asked “Did you mean ‘he invented’?” There has been lots of discussion on this seemingly misogynistic “correction” that Google provides, and those familiar with my research know that I’m a proponent of critiquing algorithm and system design for potential bias. But in this case I...

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Google to Rank Results Based on Domain Name Information?

Search Engine Watch speculates that Google might start using WHOIS information in their ranking of web pages. A recent patent application filed by Google, Information retrieval based on historical data, hints at the possible use of domain information in the ranking of results: Domain registration could be used as a way to determine the “document inception date,” or an age associated with a page. The expiration date of a...

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Google Won't Let AOL Game PageRank

When the deal between Google and AOL was first announced, I (among others) complained that Google was introducing bias into their search engine results by teaching AOL how to “game” the system in order to optimize the placement of AOL sites within Google’s search results. Now, according to John Battelle, it seems that this part of the deal might be gone. Since it seems to have been eliminated from their arrangement so quietly, I...

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Thoughts on "growing anti-Google sentiment and what is fueling it"

I recently received a request from a journalism graduate student to comment on a story about “growing anti-Google sentiment and what is fueling it” and about “how Google’s principles have changed, and how the public is reacting to this switch.” Here are my brief answers to the questions posed: “Do you have a sense that the mainstream public (not just the internet savvy) have a real growing distrust...

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Protect Your Regime with iRepress
Feb18

Protect Your Regime with iRepress

Mark Fiore’s latest cartoon satirizes the activities of US search engine companies contributing to the Great Firewall of China: “Protect Your Regime with iRepress – with Powerful Democracy...

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