How computers are doing our thinking for us

In a slightly scary article, the Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that computers are doing are thinking for us. What we search for and what we like is being recorded by companies like Google and Facebook. In turn, our search results are being skewed to results that Google and Facebook thinks we want, based on our previous history.

But what are we missing out on when algorithms decide what we should consume? That’s a question author Eli Pariser tried to answer in his 2011 book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You. In it he points out that the formation of filter bubbles on the web could be harmful, especially if internet users are not aware of their existence.

Read the whole article here.

How to hide your Facebook profile from Google search

Did you know that you can hide your Facebook profile from search engines like Google and Bing? This recent post by Leonie Smith, AKA the Cybersafety Lady explains it all and shows you how to do so in two easy steps.

It’s a handy way to keep some control over your privacy, but be warned, you will still be searchable from within Facebook.

Read the whole post here.

Remove a page or site from Google’s search results

Google has published information about how to request that pages, sites or images are removed from Google searches.

If you are concerned about any Google search results, the above links will assist you to remove any offending items.