DOJ Wants Your Google Search History – Google Resists

Something I have long warned about appears to be happening. The Mercury News reports:Bush Lawyers Ask Judge To Make Google Hand Over Data; Google Promises A Fight The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google Inc.…

NYT Editorial: Beijing’s New Enforcer: Microsoft

The New York Times has an editorial today on the issue that companies like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft help the Chinese government not only filter out search results that they want to censor, but also help track down the individuals…

Should Search Engines Help China Filter & Track Searches?

Dan Solove points to this Salon article that reveals how Google, Yahoo and Microsoft help the Chinese government not only filter out search results that they want to censor, but also help track down the individuals engaging in criticism and…

AdAge: Search Engine Ad Technologies Raise Privacy Concerns

Advertising Age is reporting[registration req'd] on a recent industry panel disucssion on the privacy concerns with personalized search and targeted advertising. As Yahoo and Microsoft roll out more sophisticated search-advertising services relying on heavier use of personal data, they are…

Symposium on “Regulating Search?”

The Yale Information Society Project is hosting a symposium on "Regulating Search: A Symposium on Search Engines, Law, and Public Policy": Search is big business, and search functionality increasingly shapes the information society. Yet how the law treats search is…

Bill Gates on Google & “Organizing the World’s Information”

Bill Gates gave an interview to CNET about a variety of topics including web search and Google. An interesting passage is Gates' perspective on Google's mission to "organize the world's information" and whether that should be the goal vs. his…

More Blurring: Consumers Suspicious of Sponsored Links

More blurring of search engine results and advertising: A paper presented at the Sixth ACM Conference on E-commerce by Penn State School of Information Sciences and Technology professor Jim Jansen indicates that consumers exhibit a substantial measure of bias against…

Study: Search Engines Still Fail to Disclose Ads

The blurring of search engine results and advertising is a major concern given how search engines have become the "center of gravity" for the distribution of information and the acquisition of knowledge. ClickZ reports on a Consumer Reports WebWatch study…

Shmoogle: a non-deterministic search engine

Philipp Lenssen uncovers Shmoogle, "the first non-deterministic search engine" that presents Google results in random order. From its creator, Tsila Hassine:What is Shmoogle? Shmoogle is a Google randomiser. When you type your query into Shmoogle, you get Google's results but....…