Search Neutrality

A principle that search engines should have no editorial policies, excepting their preferences for comprehensiveness, impartiality, and relevance.

Google Offers to Auction Off Shopping Ad Spaces to Rivals in Response to EU

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Apparently, Alphabet’s Google has proposed overhauling its shopping search results so that rivals can bid for space to display products for sale, as part of the company's efforts to comply with the European Union’s antitrust order.

The Anit-Monopoly Case Against Google

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

An interview with Barry Lynn, former New America staffer who was let go, reportedly at the request of Alphabet's executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

Google to Comply With EU Search Demands to Avoid More Fines

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Google will comply with Europe’s demands to change the way it runs its shopping search service, a rare instance of the internet giant bowing to regulatory pressure to avoid more fines.

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States

These platforms draw arbitrary boundaries constantly and with much less controversy — against spammers, concerning profanity or in response to government demands. These fringe groups saw an opportunity in the gap between the platforms’ strained public dedication to discourse stewardship and their actual existence as profit-driven entities, free to do as they please.

EU Court to Rule on ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Outside Europe

Location:
General Court -- Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

The European Union’s top court is set to decide whether the bloc’s “right to be forgotten” policy stretches beyond Europe’s borders, a test of how far national laws can—or should—stretch when regulating cyberspace.

You should be outraged at Google’s anti-competitive behavior

Location:
Carr & Ferrell LLP, 120 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA, 94025, United States

After an extensive investigation, the European Union found that Google has, for many years, violated European antitrust law by rigging its general search results to favor its own comparison shopping service over rivals. But a recent Post editorial faults the EU for imposing a $2.7 billion fine on the company.

Google grows up

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Google suddenly grew up at midday June 27 — and the way it conducts business in Europe and probably further afield will have to catch up fast.

European Union fines Google €2.4 billion over abuse of search dominance

Location:
European Commission, Rue de la Loi 170 Charlemagne building, Brussels, 1040, Belgium

The European Commission has hit Google with a €2.42 billion (approximately $2.73 billion) antitrust fine for abusing its dominance in search, a decision with potentially far-reaching implications for both the tech sector and already strained transatlantic relations.

Google faces $1 billion EU fine for abuse of dominance in search

Location:
Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi 175, Brussels, B-1048, Belgium

Brussels plans to hit Google with a fine of more than $1.2 billion for abusing its dominance in search, a decision that is likely to inflame already strained transatlantic relations.

Twenty years after Reno v. ACLU, the long arc of internet history returns

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Twenty years ago, on June 26, 1996, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, which found the communications decency provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to be unconstitutional.

A Trump FCC advisor’s proposal for bringing free Internet to poor people

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Layton believes that zero-rating should be used to get poor people on the Internet in the US, similar to the "Free Basics" program that Facebook has implemented with mobile carriers in developing countries.

Google is updating its search to demote fake news

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google is demoting misleading and offensive content in its search by updating algorithms and offering users new ways to report bad results. The change follows increased attention to flaws in top search results, including the promotion of fake news — and deliberately misleading or false information formatted to look like news — during the 2016 presidential election.

Is It Time to Break Up Google?

Location:
USC Annenberg School for Communication, 3502 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0281, United States
Recommendation:
3

Could it be that large tech companies — and Google in particular — have become natural monopolies by supplying an entire market’s demand for a service, at a price lower than what would be offered by two competing firms? And if so, is it time to regulate them like public utilities?

Google starts flagging offensive content in search results

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

With growing criticism over misinformation in search results, Google is taking a harder look at potentially "upsetting" or "offensive" content, tapping humans to aid its computer algorithms to deliver more factually accurate and less inflammatory results.

Donald Trump says Google proves he’s winning — and is trying to make sure he loses

Location:
Waukesha, WI, United States
Recommendation:
1

At the top of his rally in the critical Wisconsin county of Waukesha, Donald Trump accused Google of both impeding and bolstering his candidacy. "A new post-debate poll, the Google poll, has us leading Hillary Clinton by two points nationwide," he said, "and that's despite the fact that Google search engine was suppressing the bad news about Hillary Clinton. How about that." As it turns out, this is classic Trump.

Google Maps did not ‘delete’ Palestine — but it does impact how you see it

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Users view Google Maps more than a billion times each week: It’s one of the world’s largest sources of geographic data and the first place many of us turn when we need to locate something. So it makes sense that, when a Gaza City-based journalism group claimed that the nation of Palestine had literally been wiped from Google’s maps, readers were, well — indignant.

Google ends spat with Mississippi AG over his MPAA-tinged investigation

Location:
Office of Attorney General (Mississippi), 550 High St, Jackson, MS, 39201, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google has ended its legal conflict with a Mississippi state official who opened a wide-ranging investigation into the search giant's business practices.

Google Faces New Round of Antitrust Charges in Europe

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

When it comes to Europe’s lengthy investigations into Google, Margrethe Vestager, the region’s competition chief, is hoping that the third time’s a charm. Vestager announced a new round of antitrust charges against the company — the third set since early 2015 — claiming that some of the company’s advertising products had restricted consumer choice.

Sen Warren targets Amazon, Apple, Google in anti-monopoly speech

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)) laid into a handful of major US technology companies, saying they are examples of concentrated corporate power that can thwart competition.

'Three black teenagers' Google search sparks outrage

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
2

Google image searches for "three black teenagers" and "three white teenagers" get very different results, raising troubling questions about how racial bias in society and the media is reflected online.

The New Too Big to Fail

Location:
US News & World Report, 2300 N St, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
4

While big social media – be it Facebook or Google News – has news-purveying components they're not news organizations as such and don't have news missions. They're part of larger companies with agendas that don't necessarily include fairly informing the citizenry. And they have real power, regardless of whether they're using it or not.

Google’s 1st Amendment defense to search censorship fails in court

Location:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2110 First Street, Fort Myers, FL, 33901, United States
Recommendation:
1

US District Judge John Steele is allowing a search-censorship lawsuit to proceed against Google.

FTC taking second look at Google search

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Trade Commission officials are asking questions again about whether Google has abused its dominance in the Internet search market, a sign that the agency may be taking steps to reopen an investigation it closed more than three years ago, apparently.

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference gathering, Mitt Romney, Sen Rand Paul (R-TX), and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.

Big Data: A Report on Algorithmic Systems, Opportunity, and Civil Rights

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
4

As technology advances and our economic, social, and civic lives become increasingly digital, we are faced with ethical questions of great consequence. Big data and associated technologies create enormous new opportunities to revisit assumptions and instead make data-driven decisions.

In the future, Big Data will make actual voting obsolete

Location:
American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, 1000 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC, 20007, United States
Recommendation:
2

Because I conduct research on how the Internet affects elections, journalists have lately been asking me about the primaries. Here are the two most common questions I’ve been getting: Do Google’s search rankings affect how people vote? How well does Google Trends predict the winner of each primary?

Getty ramps up pressure on Google with image search complaint

Location:
Getty Images, 605 5th ave South, Seattle, WA, 98104, United States
Recommendation:
3

Getty Images filed a complaint against Google at the European Commission, accusing the search giant of promoting piracy to solidify its market dominance.

Google scores an antitrust win in Canada (while European charges still loom)

Location:
Canada Competition Bureau, 50 Victoria Street, Gatineau, QC, Canada
Recommendation:
3

Google, the world’s largest search engine, is facing antitrust pressure in several parts of the world. But it is managing to beat back a few of these. On April 19, Canada’s competition bureau announced it has closed its investigation into Google for potentially exploiting its dominance in search and advertising.

Mississippi notches initial win in fight with Google

Location:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 600 S. Maestri Place, New Orleans, LA, 70130, United States
Recommendation:
3

An appeals court has ruled that the Mississippi attorney general can continue with his investigation of Google’s policies to police elicit or infringing content. A three-judge panel on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 8 overruled a lower court judge who had blocked the state from requiring Google to turn over documents or from bringing charges against the tech company on the issue.

'Net Neutrality' Coiner Tim Wu Concerned About Google Search

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

Columbia Law professor Tim Wu says he thinks the Federal Trade Commission or Justice Department or both should be looking anew at Google and new evidence that it has been favoring its own content in local search.

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