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May 29, 2006

Google censoring the world’s information

Google has undergone a major change in policy when 'organising the world's information'. It decided to censor it instead.
The change was announced by Google engineers who are stating that Google now decides to return documents - when searching for something - based on their 'importance'. The importance of documents is automatically calculated by Google's algorithms.

This means that if you have a blog or a website with 100 pages, Google can choose to use only a tiny fraction of those pages for its search results, excluding the rest as not important (as it sees fit).

Inevitable talk of Google's inability to now index all of the world's information due to space constraints has arisen throughout the blogsphere and forums.

This is a major blow for internet democracy and the free flow of information as the multi-trillion internet search giant becomes a monopoly monolith only equivalent to the 'beloved' Microsoft for the computer software market.

A change in moto is urgently needed:
Google: Only organising what we think is the world's important information


At 12:00 PM, Blogger July Canute said...

I wonder what models are being used by other search engines and if they are doing the same things that Google is doing. At least google doesn't have a monopoly and we can choose to go elsewhere in order to do an internet search.


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