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I came across an interesting find while I was doing my homework and thought I’d share it here for anyone who’s interested:
It’s an article referencing the article we had a class discussion on “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr
here’s the link http://www.wfs.org/node/1000
You guys might want to check this out!!
A blog post by Jon Mitchell at the influential tech blog, ReadWriteWeb, titled “What Do Google Ads Know About You?” is essential reading for anyone in the class who is doing a topic on Google’s advertising business or on Google and privacy. You should read the post as well as the things that it links to:
- a recent blog post from the Official Google Blog titled “Increasing Transparency and Choice with Ads on Search and Gmail,” which includes an embedded video titled “Ad Preferences Manager” on YouTube
- the “Ads Preferences Manager” options in your Google Account
- an earlier blog post on ReadWriteWeb about Google’s transparency project titled “Government Requests for Google User Data Keep Rising”
- Newspaper article:
“Google Introduces New Tool for Scholarly Research.” Associated Press [Mountain View] 18 Nov. 2004. Factiva, 9 Nov. 2011.
- Magazine article:
Golderman, Gail M., and Bruce Connolly. “Between the Book Covers: Going Beyond OPAC Keyword Searching with the Deep Linking Capabilities of Google Scholar and Google Book Search.” EBSCOhost – Worldâs Foremost Premium Research Database Service. MasterFILE Premier, 2004. Web. 09 Nov. 2011.
- Journal article
“Google Launches Google Scholar.” Advanced Technology Libraries 33.12 (2004): 1, 11. Library Lit & Inf Full Text. Web. 9 Nov. 2011.
Networking Y Comunidades En La Web Social. Tres Proyectos Para Mejorar La Comunicación. Universidad del País Vasco, 2009. Internet resource.
In light of our recent discussions about deep web and what is available for indexing by Google, you might be intrigued by a news item today that says that some Facebook comments are now findable via Google search. Google is not indexing comments within Facebook pages but instead comments on blogs and websites that use Facebook’s commenting system as an add-on. Do you think this is a good idea?
For anyone who is interested in the topic of how Google deals with pressure from outside groups (individuals, companies, governments) to remove content they find troubling (videos on YouTube, posts on Blogger blogs, etc.), you might want to check out this story about the extent to which Google is willing to say no to requests to remove videos of policy brutality from YouTube.
I recognize that the issue of privacy and Google is a fascinating one, but I do hope that those of you who are developing your research question in this topic area will each find a way to distinguish your question from the others working in the same area. In your comments to each other on the blog, it’s clear that you are all aware of the need to focus your topics further, perhaps by settling on one narrow part of Google’s empire (Google Maps, YouTube, Google Apps, Gmail, etc.) I’d be delighted if those of you working on privacy topics would have each found a niche of your own like that.
I do hope as well that you’ll read some of the articles and websites you’re discovering and see that your topics are probably more complicated than you might have first imagined. For anyone working on privacy related topics, there is a LOT to be learned from an amazing series of articles that the Wall Street Journal did in the summer of 2010 titled “What They Know” that delved deep into the ways many websites and many technologies you use everyday are gathering your personal information (who you are, where you went online, and what you did there) and sharing pieces of that with other companies.
The series of articles includes one on Google that sets Google’s own internal discussions about privacy issues against the larger picture of what other companies are doing.
For those of you whose research topics are connected with the issue of privacy, you will definitely want to read up a bit on differing definitions of privacy. The concept of privacy is one that has been much debated among scholars, in courts, and among legislators, especially as it relates to our lives online. Here are some resources to consult:
- “Privacy.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. 8 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Oct. 2011. link
- Gavison, R. “Privacy: Legal Aspects.” International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Ed. Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes. 2nd ed. Vol. 18. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2001. 12067-12070. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 13 Oct. 2011. link
- Gurau, Calin. “Privacy and Online Data Collection.” Encyclopedia of Information Ethics and Security. Ed. Marian Quigley. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2008. 542-548. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 13 Oct. 2011. link
You should also take a look at the work on privacy that these two advocacy groups have done:
This week, the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt will be in Washington answering the questions of a Senate committee investigating antitrust issues around Google’s business practices. Details on this story can be found in this New York Times article from 18 September 2011.
Lohr, Steve and Clair Cain Miller. “Scrutinizing Google’s Reign.” New York Times. New York Times, 18 Sep. 2011. Web. 19 Sep. 2011.