Search engine editorial policies affect our ability to access unbiased information on the web and discriminate against small businesses. This site provides information about censoring, bias, and other freedom of information issues associated with search engines.
We have also compiled extensive information for webmasters affected by these policies including methods for designing your site to avoid problems with search engines and procedures for recovering if problems occur.
- Net Neutrality, Search Neutrality, and Al Gore - Article compares freedom of information issues surrounding ISPs with similar search engine issues.
- Search Engine Issues - Paper describing the need for spam control and the negative effects of search engine editorial policies on user access.
- Search Engine Mechanics - How search engines work: spiders, algorithms, ranking, link and site popularity factors, server configuration issues, and search engine optimization (SEO).
- Search Engine Tracking Data - The search engines know a lot about You!
- Government Use of Search Engine Data - Big Brother is watching you.
- The Redundancy Explosion - Why the web is filling up with garbage.
- The Web Czars - A few people are controlling public access to web information.
- The Googlecomm Fable - Why search engine policies are bad news for small business.
- Search Engine Problems - Search engines have problems of their own.
- Google Unbreakable Monopoly - Does Google have a monopoly?
- The Future of Search - Where do we go from here?
- Banned by Google? - How to tell if your site has been censored by a search engine.
- Censoring Guidelines - Why your site may have been banned.
- The "National Security Argument" - Why search engines will not define the rules.
- Your Site has Been Banned! - How to Apply for Reinclusion.
Several detailed case studies are being performed regarding specific aspects of the search engine honesty problem. The completed studies are published here.
- Search Engine Censoring of Open Directory Data ODP is not so open anymore.
- SeekOn.com Banned By Yahoo!!
- Kinderstart.com Suing Google!
This site will include a forum for posting of messages concerning search engine freedom of information issues.
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