New Book: Search Engine Freedom!

Search Engine FreedomSearch engines play a pivotal role in connecting people to the information and resources they desire. But what rules or laws govern how these search engines work and can we trust our search results?  Author Joris van Hoboken explores the issue in his new book Search Engine Freedom: On the Implications of the Right to Freedom of Expression for the Legal Governance of Web Search Engines (Law Library K564 .C6 H63 2012). The book covers such topics as the role of government, types of filtering by access providers, user profiling and personalization, and the lack of transparency in the ranking and selection of search results. Drawing on specific legal developments under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the United States First Amendment, the author concludes with recommendations regarding search engine governance and offering directions for future legal and empirical research.

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