Ask.com To Allow Users to Control Data Retention

In a bold, unilateral move, the web search engine Ask.com has announced it will soon be implementing a new product called AskEraser which promises to allow users to erase their search history: With AskEraser, people can ensure that their search…

SDP2007 Presentation: The Quest for the Perfect Search Engine

Today I gave an abbreviated presentation of my dissertation research at the OII Summer Doctoral Programme hosted by the Berkman Center. (PDF of slides) Along with a summary of the diss, my talk included a brief meta-discussion of both the…

With SmartAds, Yahoo Finally Joins Google…as a Threat to Privacy

In my dissertation I outline the quest for the “perfect search engine” – a search engine capable of indexing all available information and providing fast and relevant results. The perfect search engine will have to have “perfect reach” to deliver…

Google Universal Search: Half of the Perfect Search Engine

In my dissertation I outline the quest for the "perfect search engine" – a search engine capable of indexing all available information and providing fast and relevant results. The perfect search engine will have to have “perfect reach” to deliver…

“Privacy in Web-Search” Panel Discussion 3/30/07

I'm pleased to announce I will be moderating a panel discussion on "Privacy in Web Search" as part of the ITS Colloquium at NYU Law's Information Law Institute. The panelists are: Ramsey Homsany, Senior Counsel, Google Daniel Howe, Ph.D. Candidate,…

The Disciplinary Gaze of Web Search Engines

Blogging has been light (again), as I've been preparing for my final conference trip. This time, I'm in San Antonio, TX for the 92nd Annual Convention of the National Communication Association. I'm presenting on an amazing panel titled "Visualizing Security:…