‘Google Hacking’ Digs Up Sensitive Material

(via Search Engine Lowdown)This Reuters story looks at the growing problem of sensitive data being readily available via a simple Google search:Hackers have found a handy tool to take control of bank accounts, tap into corporate computer networks and dig…

“Search is the new center of gravity”

(via John Battelle)Roger McNamee, of The New Normal, writes an insightful piece on Google's Desktop Search. He opens:There are very few pieces of technology whose time is longer gone than the hierarchical file system underlying Windows. Finding things on a…

CFP: The Social, Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensions of Search Engines

Received this CFP today from Eszter Hargittai: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication Special Issue on The Social, Political, Economic and Cultural Dimensionsof Search Engines Guest Editor:Eszter HargittaiNorthwestern UniversitySearch engines are some of the most commonly accessed Web sites online. Millions of…

Search Engines – Their Politics; Their Logics

I'm part of a panel submission to the 6th International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR). The panel is titled "Search Engines - Their Politics; Their Logics":Search engines today seem to afford the only access point…

Beal on Users Confusing Natural and Paid Search Engine Results

Andy Beal at Search Engine Lowdown notes this report of the Pew Internet and American Life Project's study which suggests that only 18% of search engine users can tell the difference between paid and natural search engine results. Beal seems…

Is Google Watching Your Library Visits?

(via Google Weblog) Daniel Brandt at Google-Watch points out the possibility that Google's personally identifiable cookie could enable the FBI or other government authorities to see what books you read using Google Library via a subpoena. His particular concern is…