Daniel S. Griffin

search ignorance

29 August 2017 - Berkeley

Inspired by Firestein’s “Ignorance”:

In what some have called an “age of dis/misinformation”, how, and with what effects, do people using search engines imagine and interact with the search engine algorithms?

How do the teams of people at search engines seek to understand and satisfy the goals and behavior of people using their services?

What sort of normative claims does, and arguably can, society make of the design of the search engine algorithms and services?

In brief, what are the causes & consequences of search engine “algorithms” to those people using them, creating them, and governing them?