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« Retrospective vs prospective data analysis | Main | What's in a name, google edition »

31 January 2006

Follow up: Google bombs and the autonomy of search engine vendors

In my entry on Google bombs on 11/19/2005 I raised the following question:

"How will governments react to such movements of altering the search results in an unfavorable way in the future as knowledge becomes more important? How will search engine providers react? The easiest way to approach this would be to influence or enforce rules on search engine vendors. Hence, we could ask whether search engine providers need to be kept as autonomous as central banks with respect to knowledge?"

Well, as of 1/25/2006 we got an answer to this when reports on Google's self-censored search engine for China came out. However, as a other reports show, censorship also exists in other countries like Germany or France for certain terms. So in fact there is a need to watch developments in this regard carefully...What do you think or propose?

Related articles:
Harvard Law School, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
NY Times on Google and China search engine version
Wired on Google and their geolocations on searches

Posted by Alexander Schellong at January 31, 2006 5:00 AM