[CODATA-international] role of search engines and their companies Re: Digital Feudalism

Nicholas Weber nmweber at uw.edu
Sat Oct 19 18:24:23 EDT 2019

My colleague Jevin West has a research project focused on Echo Chambers of Science - which is very relevant to this thread.
Some early results of this work can be found here https://jevinwest.org/papers/Kim2017asa.pdf

From: CODATA-international <codata-international-bounces at lists.codata.org> on behalf of Ahmad Mahdavi <bugmahda at gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, October 18, 2019 11:30 PM
To: Falk Huettmann <fhuettmann at alaska.edu>
Cc: BOULTON Geoffrey <Geoff.Boulton at ed.ac.uk>; CODATA International <codata-international at lists.codata.org>
Subject: Re: [CODATA-international] role of search engines and their companies Re: Digital Feudalism

Thanks, this is an important issue, we should consider the big role that Google played to open and help most of digital related issues, I agree that correct words and sentences for searching play an important role.

Best regards,

Best regards,

Ahmad Mahdavi, professor emeritus at University of Tehran,

PhD, Entomologist/ ecotoxicologist, ICT for agriculture and environment,

Focal point for Mountain Partnership in the University of Tehran,

CMS preventing poisoning group, RAMSAR, WWN, SWS,

University of Tehran/ and Sustainable agriculture and environment.
Phone: +98-21-76281966 --- Mobile: +98-912-0762812.

P. O. Box: 19615-544, Tehran, IRAN.

On Fri, Oct 18, 2019 at 10:15 PM Falk Huettmann <fhuettmann at alaska.edu<mailto:fhuettmann at alaska.edu>> wrote:
Dear Colleagues,

I think if data, science & sustainability do matter,
then SEARCH ENGINES play a major role and should be considered in this wider discussion (namely re. Digital Feudalism).

By showing a 'wrong' search result, one informs the WWW wrongly, and thus the world.
It's a way to withhold the truth and the facts and/or to create a bias and agenda.

Many examples can be found.

For search engines and their owners, just see GOOGLE, GOOGLE EARTH or MICROSOFT.
Some are known to support climate change denial etc.
Facebook is the other real-world example. Mark hinted at it in his last email.

Many smaller search engines like YAHOO or BING bring in additional problems
(I probably find them quite trashy and they can provide such an outcome).

Beyond the actual search engines, eventually it comes home to the ownership
of those search engine companies and how structured and which nation hosts them
for legislation.

Just to bring this up; very best

   Falk Huettmann PhD, Professor
      Uni of Alaska Fairbanks

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