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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Internet Personalization

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The co-founder of MoveOn, Eli Pariser recently published The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is hiding from you. Pariser’s book discusses “Internet Personalization,” which is the tendency for Internet filters to adjust information to topics that you’re interested in and agree with. For example, Facebook has algorithms that filter the information encountered on the service. If Facebook sees that you are interested in rockabilly, it’ll feed you lots of information about rockabilly events in your area.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: The Death of the Open Internet

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The Economist points out that the Internet for the past few years has been remarkably open, allowing people to create a website, communicate with anyone in the world, and view information largely free from interference by government or large corporations (http://www.economist.com/node/16941635 ). The open Internet has led to innovations like Wikipedia, companies like Facebook, and even the destabilization of autocratic governments like Egypt.

According to The Economist, three forces now threaten the freedom of the Internet: 1) government 2) large corporations, and 3) network owners.

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