On Google, the curse of the Permanent Record, and the right to be forgotten

  Once, we came of age under the shadow of something called a Permanent Record. Nobody ever actually saw one, but it was a scary thing, and as youngsters we understood we had to keep our own permanent records clean, since any stains on them could do lifelong damage. Plainly, the idea of an authoritative, […]

The dark world of search engine manipulation

When it comes to directing people’s attention, there has never been anything as powerful as today’s vast online search engines, and when it comes to search engines, nobody can touch Google, whose sites handle an estimated 88 billion queries a month, roughly two-thirds the world total. Users don’t have any idea how Google decides the […]