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What the Internet is Hiding from You and How to Defend Yourself
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Hide Your Online Searches from Google: Protected Search

Hide Your Online Searches from Google: Protected Search | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

"Concerned that Google knows everything you search for online?

 

Protected Search prevents Google from being able to see what you search and what sites you visit.

 

The new service, built from the popular GoogleSharing service, helps put you back in control of your online privacy."

 

Protected Search is a free Firefox-only add-on that promises to keep your web history private and to prevent Google from interfering with the results you get when searching for something.

 

The add-on works as a proxy service that claims to leave your standard Internet activities unaffected, while taking care only of masking your identity when using Google-related properties such as Gmail, YouTube or the standard search function.

 

Currently Protected Searhc is restricted only to Firefox users, but versions for other browsers are reported to be in the works.

 

Get all the info here:

http://abine.com/protectedsearch/

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Do You Like Personalized Searches? People Say No

Do You Like Personalized Searches? People Say No | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

A minority said yes (15.5 percent) they liked search personalization.

 

But a clear majority were ambivalent or hostile to the idea (84.5 percent).

 

Within that majority 45 percent said they did not want search results personalized at all.

 

Of the three types of responses the “nos” were the dominant category.

 

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http://socialmediaguide.in/survey-people-largely-negative-about-googles-personalized-search-results/

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Turning Off Google Personal Search Results

Turning Off Google Personal Search Results | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

How can you disable the just-introduced personal search results on Google?

 

"You can see what your results look like without personal content by clicking the globe button on the top right-hand side of your search results page."

 

I strongly encourage you to do so, and to use alternative search engines like DuckDuckGo whenever you want to make meaningful searches on the Web.

 

You can find DuckDuckGo here:

http://duckduckgo.com/

 

Also, do not forget to empty your Google's Web History from time to time, otherwise you will still be tracked and your past searches will be used to personalize your future results:

http://support.google.com/accounts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=54067

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Carrier IQ Data Collection Technically Legit, Say Researchers

Carrier IQ lately has been in the crosshairs of security researchers, privacy advocates, legislators, and regulators over questions of whether its software surreptitiously monitors smartphone users, to the point where it might violate wiretapping laws.

 

But according to Dan Rosenberg, who's the vulnerability research practice lead at Virtual Security Research (VSR), Carrier IQ's software captures and transmits back to carriers only what is needed to help them diagnose network, application, or hardware failures.

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How Algorithms and Editors Can Work Together to Burst the "Filter Bubble"

How Algorithms and Editors Can Work Together to Burst the "Filter Bubble" | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

Eli Pariser is concerned that web personalization is only showing us content we "like," and not content we need. But he proposed some solutions at the Mashable Media Summit.

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The Illusion of Importance

The Illusion of Importance | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

Most people view the social web as a tool for bringing people together and sharing ideas. They credit it with everything from democratizing media to enabling the protests of Arab spring, but they fail to see how these same community building attributes can fuel dangerous thought bubbles and lead us down paths of extremism.

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How to Stop Facebook, Google+, and Twitter from Tracking You

Those of us who know how the Web works know that every time you visit a page with a Facebook, Google+, or Twitter link, the code behind that link actually comes from Facebook or Twitter servers, so if you're surfing to that page with the same browser that you're currently logged into Facebook or Twitter with, then they know you're on that site. They know how long you spent on that site, how often you visit, and so forth. It's all very simple to do. Yet most people are cheerfully oblivious to this fact.

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A Keynote Conversation with Eli Pariser

A Keynote Conversation with Eli Pariser | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

In this keynote conversation, Eli Pariser discusses the problems and issues that arise when algorithms, rather than people, curate the web.

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The Boy in The Filter Bubble (Eli Pariser Full Talk)

Eli's 'filter bubble' is a concept that's about to change the way you think about the internet – it certainly changed the way we do. And if you're at all interested in online privacy, or the dilemmas involved in having companies like Google and Facebook tailor your internet landscape for you, we can't recommend the book enough.

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Narcissism: Personalization’s Flip Side?

Narcissism: Personalization’s Flip Side? | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

A lesson to take away from this is that there might be opportunity in exposing the customer experience to a little randomness where it doesn’t interfere with the customers’ intentions. A little unexpected cross-sell of something charming, a quirky-but-fun site feature, something surprising and fresh–these types of experiments with commercial randomness might be worth trying in your environment and seeing how customers respond. Because with all of the filtering we’re presented with, the savvy shoppers out there might be picking up on the sometimes heavy-handed crafting of custom-tailored experiences. And maybe, just maybe, we’re all overdue for a little serendipity anyway.

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Five Questions with Eli Pariser, Author of ‘The Filter Bubble’

Five Questions with Eli Pariser, Author of ‘The Filter Bubble’ | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

In his new book The Filter Bubble, Pariser explores the ways that personalization—the growing practice of Facebook and Google to craft our online experiences according to our supposed interests—can cloud our ability to see the world clearly. Pariser spoke with TIME's Bryan Walsh about the book, the politics of personalization and how to ensure that you don't end up in a search engine ghetto.

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Will Social Networks Replace Search as Our Primary Source?

Will Social Networks Replace Search as Our Primary Source? | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

The interesting takeaway from this round of Pew data is the increasing use of social networks. In comparison to the proportional growth of email and search, the use of social networks has exploded since Facebook was founded.

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Video and Images Dominate Google Universal Search Results

Video and Images Dominate Google Universal Search Results | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

Google has not made things easy on SEOs over the years. They are always changing so many things, it’s hard to keep up. Add Google’s personalization into the mix, and you never know who’s going to see what in their results for any given query.

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How to Protect Your Mac from Being Tracked Online

How to Protect Your Mac from Being Tracked Online | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

Based on the recent privacy concerns which reported Facebook and Google tracking their users via cookies, TUAW's TJ Luoma has prepared a quite interesting how-to guide explaining how Mac users can protect themselves.

 

There are basically four ways described inside the article:

 

1) Use a dedicated browser like Fluid:

http://fluidapp.com/

 

2) Use an Email client like Mailplane:

http://mailplaneapp.com/

 

3) Creare a handy bookmarklet to log out of Google every time you search for something.

 

4) Nuke your browser settings by going for a complete reset (instructions are Safari-specific).

 

A minimum of tech knowledge is requested.

 

Give it a look:

http://www.tuaw.com/2012/02/23/protect-yourself-from-being-tracked-by-google-facebook-and-oth/

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How to De-Personalize Google

How to De-Personalize Google | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

Just over a week ago, Google launched a massive change to search personalization, Search Plus Your World. Along with this change came a new toggle switch to shut off personalization.

 

The default, person icon is personalized results, and you click on the globe to shut off “your world”.

 

Of course, we already had personalized results and a handful of ways to shut them off before, so what does “personalization” mean now, and do any of these de-personalization methods actually work?

 

I thought it was time to put that question to the test.

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Google Launches Search, plus Your World and Lets You Finally Switch On Unpersonalized Results

Google's announcement for Search, plus Your World, opens up new ways of using search as well as an unexpected secondary feature/update which is going to make happy anyone who needs to frequently check Google search results without "personalization".

 

"Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you. Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it means your personal content or things shared with you by people you care about.

 

These wonderful people and this rich personal content is currently missing from your search experience. Search is still limited to a universe of webpages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met. Today, we’re changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search."

 

Google introduces today three new features:

 

1) Personal Results

which enable you to find information just for you, such as Google+ photos and posts—both your own and those shared specifically with you, that only you will be able to see on your results page;

 

2) Profiles in Search

both in autocomplete and results, which enable you to immediately find people you’re close to or might be interested in following; and,

 

3) People and Pages

which help you find people profiles and Google+ pages related to a specific topic or area of interest, and enable you to follow them with just a few clicks.

 

 

N.B.: Google is also introducing a prominent new toggle on the upper right of the results page where you can see what your search results look like without personal content. With a single click, you can see an unpersonalized view of search results.

That means no results from your friends, no private information and no personalization of results based on your Web History. This toggle button works for an individual search session, but you can also make this the default in your Search Settings.

 

Learn more at http://google.com/insidesearch/plus.html 

Read more: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/search-plus-your-world.html   


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Assange: iPhone, BlackBerry, Gmail Users - You're All Screwed

Surveillance companies can use your iPhone to take photos of you and your surroundings without your knowledge, said a representative from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism at a panel chaired by Julian Assange today.

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Simplify and Automate Private Browsing Mode with These Browser Extensions

Simplify and Automate Private Browsing Mode with These Browser Extensions | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

Private browsing mode is great for all sorts of things, but it isn't exactly the easiest to - you have to open it manually, manually paste in any links you were viewing, and so on. We then went on a search for any extension that would make private browsing less of a pain - and here's what we found.

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The Filter Bubble Within Social Media

As Facebook and others start to build entirely personalised versions of the Web for us, based on our tweets, likes, clicks and friends, it could entirely strip the serendipity of discovery from our Web experience (and our wider lives, as everything we do becomes digital in some way), as advertising will almost certainly move in the same direction, as described above.

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The Consequences of Bing's Adaptive Search

What that means is that individual users will have individually unique choices. Individually unique choices means that the collective behavior and data of the search engine universe is skewed.

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Bing Gets More Personal with Adaptive Search

Bing Gets More Personal with Adaptive Search | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

Bing has announced at SMX East today a new personalization feature named adaptive search. It seems a lot like Google’s previous query feature but supposedly, it goes well beyond just the previous query. Bing said the “more you search, the more Bing can learn” and thus adapts the search results for YOU based on your past searches – not just your immediate previous search.

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Accessibility Vs. Access: How the Rhetoric of “Rare” Is Changing in the Age of Information Abundance

Accessibility Vs. Access: How the Rhetoric of “Rare” Is Changing in the Age of Information Abundance | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

The primary purpose of an editor [is] to extend the horizon of what people are interested in and what people know. Giving people what they think they want is easy, but it’s also not very satisfying: the same stuff, over and over again. Great editors are like great matchmakers: they introduce people to whole new ways of thinking, and they fall in love.

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New Web-Search Formulas Have Huge Implications for Students and Society

New Web-Search Formulas Have Huge Implications for Students and Society | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

When web surfers use Google or Bing to look for information about, say, the national debt, the search results they now see at the top of the page might differ from those of their neighbor. That’s because all the major search engines have revamped their formulas to include social media data as key indicators of a website’s importance.

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Experiment Contradicts “Filter Bubble” Theory

Experiment Contradicts “Filter Bubble” Theory | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

It is possible the automatic personalization of technology, including search, are substantially lowering our chances of seeing contradicting viewpoints? A recent experiment contradicts that idea; it seems Google’s filter bubble can burst pretty easily.

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The Filter Bubble: Algorithm Vs. Curator and the Value of Serendipity

The Filter Bubble: Algorithm Vs. Curator and the Value of Serendipity | The Filter Bubble | Scoop.it

I met Eli in March at TED, where he introduced the concepts from the book in one of this year’s best TED talks. Today, I sit down with him to chat about what exactly “the filter bubble” is, how much we should worry about Google, and what our responsibility is as content consumers and curators — exclusive Q&A follows his excellent TED talk:

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