Can Googling be racist?

This article quickly retracts the alarmism of the title and shows how the studies to which it refers conclude that the internet, in tracking our behaviour, is just reflective of societal racism… Not the happiest of findings. In the context of this module, however, it’s interesting that you can still give articles titles like this, that we don’t always trust the tools that we always use, and that the democracy of the internet can betray unpleasant facts about the society it represents.

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digital democracy

This project highlights a main issue in online grass-roots political action: people may be more willing to trust something that is centralised, or organised by someone they already trust, rather than earnest but unknown campaigners in cyberspace.

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