Joe Stanganelli

Post Snowden, Google Users Change Habits

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Lyndon_Henry
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Re: Google Integration
Lyndon_Henry   7/9/2014 6:40:08 PM
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CandidoNick writes

To add, Lyndon, the integration is already so intricate, that we would be lost without them. If something were to happen to Google...



 

The intricacy of Goggle's integration gives it massive power — the basic conduit of nearly all commercial ... marketing? yes ... advertising? .... more than that .... existence? more like it.

In the hands of a single corporation.

That to me is what's really creepy.

 

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Re: Google Integration
CandidoNick   7/9/2014 10:38:12 AM
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This marks the first of me hearing of their official slogan! That is just perfect.

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Re: Google Integration
CandidoNick   7/8/2014 6:25:45 PM
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To add, Lyndon, the integration is already so intricate, that we would be lost without them. If something were to happen to Google...

 

A spooky propsect. But perhaps spookier is how spooky the loss of Google would be for us. Dependency? Yep.

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Re: Quantify & qualify
BethSchultz   7/7/2014 8:19:29 AM
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Hi Joe, thanks for giving me more context. It'd be interested to see a comparative over time -- to see if these results change the further away we get from the Snowden blow-up. Do people go back to the same-old, same-old in terms of how they search -- or does this new, more cautious searching become the norm? Perhaps the researchers are wondering the same and we'll see more from them over time.

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Re: Google Integration
Joe Stanganelli   7/4/2014 4:31:24 AM
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@CandidoNick @LyndonHenry: Agreed that Google is making terrific strides in taking over the world (which, let's be honest, is what we should fully expect from a company whose motto is "Don't be evil").

> Businesses today depend on Google page rankings to make themselves known to potential customers, i.e., the public at large.

It will be interesting to see how these continued chilled effects in conjunction with the controversial "right to be forgotten" in Europe will impact this in the long run.  Perhaps a new search champion is around the corner?

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Re: Where is that yellow sticky?
Joe Stanganelli   7/4/2014 4:26:07 AM
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FWIW, these days many security experts now outright encourage many users to write down their passwords -- assessing that, with a sufficiently more complex and longer password, the risk of the piece of paper being compromised and misused is less than the risk of an easier password being hacked.

Of course, context can be everything, too.

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Re: Quantify & qualify
Joe Stanganelli   7/4/2014 4:23:04 AM
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Hi, Beth.  Thanks for asking this; it is important to be precise, especially for readers who may not want to click through to the study itself.

Whereas terms that users saw as having a low probability of "government trouble" saw a rise in traffic "presumably in line with the overall increase in Internet usage over the course of 2013...search terms that were rated as being more likely to get you in trouble with the U. S. government exhibited...an overall roughly 2.2 percentage point fall in search traffic on 'high government trouble'-rated search terms." (emphasis added)

What's more, comparisons of search volume related to other types of categories yielded similar results (e.g.,  neutral terms versus terms that would be likely to get one in trouble with a friend).  The paper includes handy bar graphs -- including both overall comparisons as well as country-by-country comparisons.

The searchers themselves?  Just all, everyday Googlers.  It was simply an analysis of Google Trends. 

The people who categorized the search terms as "high" or "low" in terms of likelihood of getting one in trouble, or in terms of privacy, were surveyed from a pool of nearly 6,000 Amazon Mechanical Turk users.

The researchers do qualify this as follows:

Similar crowdsourcing techniques have been used [by researchers] to design rankings for search results. Recent research into the composition of workers on Mechanical Turk has suggested that in general they are reliable and representative for use as subjects in psychological experiments. However, we recognize that in demographics they are likely to skew younger than the average population.

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I would further reckon that these users are probably a bit more tech-savvy and privacy-minded (perhaps even more paranoid), for whatever it's worth.

Hope this context helps!

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Re: Google Integration
Lyndon_Henry   7/3/2014 11:53:51 PM
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CandidoNick writes

Google today is so integrated with our everyday life. Your phone? Google. Web browser? Google. Cloud documents? Google. I could keep going easily. Thing is, Google likes to pry into everything we do, enjoy, and even glance over, and contours an ad campaign for each individual Google user, based on those preferences. CREEPY.



 

Google has acquired prodigious power by becoming the central, key, indispensable mode for most business advertising. Businesses today depend on Google page rankings to make themselves known to potential customers, i.e., the public at large.

Print media ads have shrunk by orders of magnitude. Even physical location counts for less.

Google provides and controls the exclusive central "pipe" through which almost all businesses now make their presence and availablilty known to the general public.

That's an awful lotta power. Maybe dangerous?

 

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Google Integration
CandidoNick   7/3/2014 2:45:41 PM
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Google today is so integrated with our everyday life. Your phone? Google. Web browser? Google. Cloud documents? Google. I could keep going easily. Thing is, Google likes to pry into everything we do, enjoy, and even glance over, and contours an ad campaign for each individual Google user, based on those preferences. CREEPY.

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Where is that yellow sticky?
PredictableChaos   7/2/2014 6:38:25 PM
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In the Freedom-of-Information article linked in the article for "watchlist terms" I am dismayed to find Homeland Security publishes a bunch of passwords.

The heading of Section 11.1 in this Analyst's Desktop Binder is

11.1 Passwords - See Internet Password Sheet

And then it proceeds to list a bunch of passwords.

All my efforts encouraging people to NEVER write down your passwords, seem futile if Homeland Security is publishing theirs in an internal document. Maybe I should be happy that the passwords are at least redacted in the publicly released version?

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