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Category Archives: Search Engines

Thieves of Experience: How Google and Facebook Corrupted Capitalism

Los Angeles Review of Books – Nicholas Carr’s review of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism – The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power By Shoshana Zuboff To the Googles and Facebooks of the world, we are neither the customer nor the product. We are the source of what Silicon Valley… Continue Reading

DuckDuckGo Search switches mapping to Apple Maps “Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo announced yesterday that the search engine’s map and address related searches and functions are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework. The new functionality is live already for desktop and mobile devices that use DuckDuckgo for searches. DuckDuckGo highlights two main benefits that come out of the move: improved privacy… Continue Reading

Google Assistant arrives on Google Maps

TechCrunch: “We’ve known for a while now that Google Assistant (the company’s voice-powered AI, à la Siri or Alexa) would eventually be built right into Google Maps. They announced as much at Google I/O 2018, noting at the time that they were aiming for a summer launch. It didn’t happen by summer, but Google says… Continue Reading

The internet feeds on its own dying dreams

The Baffler: “I’m a digital native, older than most. Because my father worked for the federal government, our household was an early adopter of the internet. As I grew up, so did it. When I was a child, for example, the internet was still indexable; you generally found websites through directories and webrings. Favorites meant… Continue Reading

Censoring China’s Internet, for Stability and Profit

The New York Times – Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content, where even a photo of an empty chair could cause big trouble. “…China has built the world’s most extensive and sophisticated online censorship system. It grew even stronger under President Xi Jinping, who wants the internet… Continue Reading

Google, Facebook, and the Legal Mess Over Face Scanning

“Confusion over biometric privacy laws in the U.S. is leading to different outcomes for tech giants embroiled in legal disputes over facial scanning. An Illinois court recently ruled that Google did not flout local laws by using facial-scanning to help people organize photo galleries through its Photos service. Facebook, on the other hand, is appealing… Continue Reading

Searching for images of CEOs or managers? The results almost always show men.

Washington Post: “Men dominate Google image searches for most jobs — even for bartender, probation officer and medical scientist, roles in which women outnumber men. In 57 percent of occupations, image searches indicate the jobs are more male-dominated than they actually are. There’s evidence this skewed picture discourages women from aspiring to dozens of careers… Continue Reading

How to Use Google Reverse Image Search

lifewire – Find out where that picture came from using your PC, Mac, laptop, or tablet – “Using Google to reverse image search is a useful method for researching the origins of a photo found online. Whether it’s a historical picture presented with little context or an image that seems doctored, you can search the… Continue Reading

Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines

The New York Times – Obituary – Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines. A pioneer of computer science for work combining statistics and linguistics, and an advocate for women in the field. “When most scientists were trying to make people use code to talk to computers, Karen Sparck… Continue Reading

Dr. Google Is a Liar. Fake medical news threatens our lives.

The New York Times – Dr. Google Is a Liar. Fake news threatens our democracy. Fake medical news threatens our lives: “…While misinformation has been the object of great attention in politics, medical misinformation might have an even greater body count. As is true with fake news in general, medical lies tend to spread further… Continue Reading

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

The New York Times: “For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews. The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained… Continue Reading