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  • Daryl, I agree that it's a bit unfair to compete the Athabasca library with general internet, especially for academic research. Much of the searches I did that led to academic research in Google and whatnot were ultimately help behind a pay wall. With Athabasca U's journal licensing, we have access to the IEEE, ACM articles and so on whereas I found if I wasn't signed into the library and just searched for things of this technical nature on the 'Net I would ultimately get many of the same articles, with a paywall.


    Brody Peddle September 25, 2016 - 7:21pm

  • Sarah Camsell

    Sometimes I wonder about Google...not so much who they are sharing their data with, but how easy it would be for them to filter search results. For example, in China, when you search for Tiananmen Square, the search results are filtered. When you search for June 4th, you get info on birthdays and anniversaries, with no mention of the government crackdown. This is China we are talking about, but Google is complicent. 

    Of course this wouldn't happen in North America, right?  

    Sarah Camsell September 23, 2016 - 4:10am

  • Nice article Daryl, i never thought of it before (that search engine speech is actually protected by free speech).  My point of view is that search engines can have their own decision on what to return in their results. I think its better that way in terms of censoring contents that they think are not appropriate or sites that are reported as malicious. If they dont do that, i dont think we will have results that actually contain good contents. Bots and robots will just consume the top rankings so to me some kind of doctoring is needed. Besides, it does not stop me to go directly to the site I wanted or just try out a different search engine.

    Chito Jr. Lee September 22, 2016 - 3:59pm

  • I'm not sure about the first question.  For the second, likely they aren't sharing but brokering access to you as a consumer.  Marketers will pay for advertising.

    It is a very interesting question about when search engines would become public interest.  They are very close to a utility now.


    Kyle Loree September 20, 2016 - 10:54pm