[Air-l] Fwd: politics and ideology of search engines

Quentin (Gad) Jones qgjones at acm.org
Mon Jun 10 10:23:40 PDT 2002

nisaacson at sociology.rutgers.edu wrote:
> Perhaps the list can give me some suggestions for discovering more about the
> politics and ideological approaches of specific search engines.  I'm familiar
> with Hargittai's work on channeling content online as well as Introna and
> Nissenbaum's research on the general politics of search engines.  However, does
> anyone have any knowledge/references about the specific ideologies and politics
> that affect how search engines such as google, excite, goaskjeeves and yahoo
> index particular web sites?
> Thanks in advance for your help.
> Nicole Isaacson, Ph.D.
> Post-Doctoral Fellow
> Social Science Research Council
> nisaacson at sociology.rutgers.edu

I think that Google uses a number of approaches that come from the
recommender systems literature (and associated patents).  In regards to
incoming links.  This strikes me as a particular social perspective as
does social / collaborative filtering in general.


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