What the Internet Isn't Telling You

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Facebook has more than 500 million active users. Every link you click, every post you like, every piece of information you share with your friends on the site is also shared with Facebook — and their advertisers. Facebook isn't the only Internet company tracking you. Google, Yahoo News and plenty of other sites do the same. But how are these companies using your information? As the Internet becomes the primary way we get our news and understand our world, how might this filtering affect our world view? In other words, what aren't we seeing?

Eli Pariser is the author of "The Filter Bubble" and the former Executive Director of MoveOn.org.


Eli Pariser

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [2]

kmarnyc from New York CIty

I find it impossible now to google-search "incognito" as Eli Pariser suggests. As soon as I sign out of my google accounts and then try a google search anonymously, google immediately flips me to the sign-in page and demands I submit my identity to them first. Otherwise they deny me access to proceed. Apparently google has "cookied" up our computers so sufficiently that it knows when we are trying to hide from them and is therefore intent to hunting us down.

The NYT is getting to be repressive, too (I'm now a paying subscriber), in the supposed interest of "giving us what we want. I noticed the "Recommended for YOU" articles are totally different from the "Most emailed" list. I found that the "recommended for" ones don't really capture who I think I am, and if I don't intentionally click the "most emailed" button, I'm liable to never even know of the articles listed there bec. I think the NYT screens them off of my main page as well.

Very annoying to be so catered to!!

May. 19 2011 08:13 AM
kevin crum from new mexico

If You know how To configure your ip address with Another ip address every 10 minutes, hiding in the original the site can't track you back.

May. 18 2011 01:22 PM

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