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Measuring Google's "filter bubble"
By Thom Holwerda on 2018-12-05 22:22:58

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.

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we are fucked
By johntdaly on 2018-12-05 23:43:30
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...
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Using Chrome?
By Carewolf on 2018-12-06 10:18:41
Logging out or using incognito mode does nothing to hide who you are to Google if you are still using Chrome. You need to also use another browser, and preferably a VPN.

edit: Actually with any browser, you should switch to another browser to be anonymous as they can all be finger printed and at least partially identify you regardless of privacy mode.

Edited 2018-12-06 10:23 UTC
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Ghosts in the machine
By Iapx432 on 2018-12-06 14:53:24
Effectively this means that there is another you inside the Google machine. To win elections that is the person politicians are going to have to influence. Extrapolating, this will result in a political take over by the Google Ghosts! Eventually, inside the machine, the ghosts will be more concerned about the fleshy filter problem influencing elections.
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Comment by kurkosdr
By kurkosdr on 2018-12-06 14:59:17
I am starting to look at DuckDuckGo more seriously. Between

- Google's habit of promoting their own services in search results even if the results the services offer are worse for a particular query compared to other services on the internet (YouTube is a good example, which is worse when it comes to finding things like TV show excerpts because of YouTube's draconian Content ID)

- People at high-ranking positions in Google openly considering support for particular political parties a moral cause (as a recent leaked TGIF internal video showed) and

- Every little "SEO specialist" low-life targeting Google's algorithms to drive up page rankings...

I cannot trust the accuracy of Google's results anymore. Google is still good for searching for obscure technical stuff, but I am looking at switching to DuckDuckGo for everything else

Edited 2018-12-06 15:02 UTC
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RE: we are fucked
By zima on 2018-12-07 00:31:55
> (ijon tichy by stanislaw lem anybody?)
What about him? You think about mass halucinations of "Kongres futurologiczny"/"Futurogica l Congress", "Wizja lokalna"/bystry ~nanotech/"Local Vision" or "Pokój na Ziemi"/"Peace on Earth"? :P (this year I have read all Stanisław Lem books in my local library ...yes, I read Lem in oryginal! ;) ...the more socrealist ones were quite funny :P )
Anyways, people are too incompetent to pull off vast majority of conspiracy theories.
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