The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 12, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 304 pages
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In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for all users, and we entered a new era of personalization. With little notice or fanfare, our online experience is changing, as the websites we visit are increasingly tailoring themselves to us. In this engaging and visionary book, MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser lays bare the personalization that is already taking place on every major website, from Facebook to AOL to ABC News. As Pariser reveals, this new trend is nothing short of an invisible revolution in how we consume information, one that will shape how we learn, what we know, and even how our democracy works.

 

The race to collect as much personal data about us as possible, and to tailor our online experience accordingly, is now the defining battle for today’s internet giants like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. Behind the scenes, a burgeoning industry of data companies is tracking our personal information to sell to advertisers, from our political leanings to the hiking boots we just browsed on Zappos.

 

As a result, we will increasingly each live in our own, unique information universe—what Pariser calls “the filter bubble.” We will receive mainly news that is pleasant, familiar and confirms our beliefs—and since these filters are invisible, we won’t know what is being hidden from us. Our past interests will determine what we are exposed to in the future, leaving less room for the unexpected encounters that spark creativity, innovation and the democratic exchange of ideas.

 

Drawing on interviews with both cyber-skeptics and cyber-optimists, from the co-founder of OK Cupid, an algorithmically-driven dating website, to one of the chief visionaries of U.S. information warfare, THE FILTER BUBBLE  tells the story of how the Internet, a medium built around the open flow of ideas, is closing in on itself under the pressure of commerce and “monetization.” It peeks behind the curtain at the server farms, algorithms, and geeky entrepreneurs that have given us this new reality, and investigates the consequences of corporate power in the digital age.

 

THE FILTER BUBBLE reveals how personalization could undermine the internet’s original purpose as an open platform for the spread of ideas, and leave us all in an isolated, echoing world. But it is not too late to change course. Pariser lays out a new vision for the web, one that embraces the benefits of technology without turning a blind eye to its negative consequences, and will ensure that the Internet lives up to its transformative promise.



  

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Review: The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You

User Review  - Italo Perazzoli - Goodreads

The reading of this non fictional book is pleasurable and informative. It tells us that nothing on the net is free, because the companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are hungry of our data. They ... Read full review

Review: The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You

User Review  - Mary - Goodreads

The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You is a comprehensive look at how the internet has evolved from a true world wide web to a microcosm of our own, individual worlds and what that ... Read full review

Contents

The John Irving Problem
Click Signals
Facebook Everywhere
The Data Market
The Rise and Fall of the General Audience
A New Middleman
The Big Board
Of Apple and Afghanistan
Playing It Coy
The 50 Billion Sand Castle
What Game Are You Playing?
The Robot with Gaydar
The Future Is Already Here
The End of Theory
No Such Thing as a Free Virtual Lunch
A Shifting World

A Fine Balance
The Adderall Society
The Age of Discovery
On California Island
A Bad Theory of You
Targeting Your Weak Spots
A Deep and Narrow Path
Incidents and Adventures
Lords of the Cloud
Friendly World Syndrome
The Invisible Campaign
Fragmentation
Discourse and Democracy
The Empire of Clever
The New Architects
Losing Control
The Mosaic of Subcultures
What Individuals Can Do
What Companies Can Do
What Governments and Citizens Can Do
Introduction
The Race for Relevance
The User Is the Content
The Adderall Society
The You Loop
The Public Is Irrelevant
Hello World
What You Want Whether You Want It or Not
Escape from the City of Ghettos
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Eli Pariser is the Board President, and former Executive Director, of the 5-million member organization MoveOn.org. A pioneer in online politics, Pariser is a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and a co-founder of Avaaz.org, one of the world’s largest citizen organizations. His op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal. He grew up in Lincolnville, Me.

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