Research Papers Library

Shaping the Web: Why the Politics of Search Engines Matters

This articlearguesthatsearchengines raisenot merelytechnical issues but also political ones. Our study of search engines suggests that they systematically exclude (in some cases by design and in some, accidentally) certain sites and certain types of sites in favor of others,systematically giving prominence to some at the expense of others. We argue that such biases, which would lead to a nar- rowing of the Web’s functioning in society, run counter to the basic architecture of the Web as well asto the values and idealsthat have fueled widespread support for its growth and development. We consider ways of addressing the politics of search engines, raising doubts whether, in particular, the market mechanism could serve as an acceptable corrective.

Download PDF

airs logo

Association of Internet Research Specialists is the world's leading community for the Internet Research Specialist and provide a Unified Platform that delivers, Education, Training and Certification for Online Research.

Get Exclusive Research Tips in Your Inbox

Receive Great tips via email, enter your email to Subscribe.

Follow Us on Social Media