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Is Google Going To Control All Info?

May 22, 2012 by  

Is Google Going To Control All Info?
PHOTOS.COM
Changes to the Google search engine could change the way you get information.

Changes to the Google search engine will have Internet users receiving “facts” and tips from sources like the CIA World Factbook, Wikipedia and the World Bank along with search results.

The new feature, called Knowledge Graph, takes a step away from the traditional search engine practice of matching keywords. Instead, the new feature will draw information from places like Wikipedia for historical information, CIA World Factbook for geopolitical answers and the World Bank for economic facts. Another Google-owned company called Freebase will provide information about people and other predetermined sources.

Activist Post reports:

This move by Google seems eerily similar to Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in that search results, or “answers and facts”, will no longer be gathered based on the algorithmic popularity of content, but rather selected by Google.

Sure, most would argue that Wikipedia does a pretty good job through its open-source format to nail down basic facts.  However, the CIA and the World Bank are organizations with agendas sometimes counter to the truth, and making them the authority on facts gives them tremendous power to shape public knowledge.

Here is Google’s explanation of how it intends to shape information:

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • mike

    If that’s going to be the case then I guess that I’ll just have go with using another search engine.

    • flajim

      Been using Dogpile.com for years. They don’t collect your info, either. Refuse to use an Google product because they’re all so intrusive.

      • http://pweiters9.wordpress.com pweiters9

        5/23/12, Mike, flajim. You must realize whatever site you use, no matter the search engine, once you put something out there it not only takes on a life of it’s own but exists somewhere forever. Google is great; so is Yahoo. And we’ve all mused about Facebook, of course. Such are the terms of engagement (use) online. Most people will have a primary & secondary email address. So, if you have to worry about what’s happening to, or are not resolute in your material, don’t put it out there.

    • Art

      I have already dumped all google and components on my computer. If you are smart you will do the same. This outfit tracks you all over the place. Get yahoo.

  • Cribster

    Try “Ixquick” for an alternative.

    • Les

      I linked IXQUICK several hours ago which is “Awaiting Moderation”, guess links need to be reviewed. So much for the information highway. Must be like LA.

  • Les

    IXQUICK works great and doesn’t sell you out to the Federal Government. found at https://www.ixquick.com/

    https://www.ixquick.com/eng/protect-privacy.html

    I worked at No Such Agency and this is the only search engine I will use.

  • raw

    It’s trying to do peoples’ thinking for them because they’re too dumb to know what they want in the first place…that’s what the gov’t is for!

  • Nancy in Nebraska

    Do any of these search engines work on an I pad?

  • chuckb

    i know one thing, i use google and they sure have done a good job on cleaning the records of many prominent democratic politicians, they don’t lie. they just leave the info out. my search on edmund and jerry brown, past and present governors of california and the deficits they left the state is hard to find, only the good stuff, it’s no wonder jerry brown got re-elected, the newer voters were fed propaganda and not the truth about his past governing.

  • http://texasoutlaw503.wordpress.com texasoutlaw503

    Yeah, google does stuff like that, they have an agenda! I search for information about Obama wrong doing, and with it I get a Barrack Obama advertisement!!!! I am done with google!

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    What wonderful things these rosy faced utopians promise!
    Just remember a little fishing analogy here…. the nastier the hook, the prettier the bait must be.

    Click the name.

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