[LINK] ALRC Discussion Paper re Classification System
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Fri Sep 30 16:04:26 EST 2011
> ALRC Discussion Paper: (snip) .. The proposed new framework
> envisages: a greater role for industry in classifying content ..
I guess sort of related: should (does?) Google 'classify or edit' news?
Should Google Tweak the News We Consume?
By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER September 29, 2011
Should Google play an editorial role in presenting readers with news?
That question was a matter of debate at Zeitgeist, a Google conference
this week in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where Larry Page, Googles co-
founder and chief executive, said that Google had a responsibility to
The question came up when Ted Koppel, the longtime broadcast journalist,
complained that too much news was drivel, as reporters cover the Casey
Anthony trial instead of life-and-death issues in Africa. People are
being fed the news they want instead of the news they need because that
makes news organizations money, he said.
Nicholas Thompson, a senior editor at The New Yorker, then asked Mr.
Koppel if Google should tweak its algorithm to deliver people the news
they need instead of entertainment-as-news.
That wouldnt be a bad idea, Mr. Koppel said.
To be clear, Google has said many times that its algorithm presents users
with the most relevant search results and does not exercise editorial
control, so the question is likely to remain no more than a matter of
debate. It reiterated that this week, after Rick Santorum said he thought
Google should remove a dirty joke that showed up in searches for his last
Still, Mr. Page said that Google could do a better job of getting people
to focus on certain issues, though he did not address Mr. Koppels
I see this as our responsibility to some extent, trying to improve
media, Mr. Page said. If you ask anyone about how that informations
going to be propagated, what youre going to focus on, I think it could
work a lot better than it does now.
We as an Internet community, we have a responsibility to make those
things work a lot better and get people focused on what are the real
issues, what should you be thinking about, he said. And I think we as a
whole are not doing a good job of that at all.
Google has taken small steps toward editing search results for content.
In February, for example, it changed its algorithm to weed out Web sites
that it thinks have subpar articles and videos, like content farms, a
move that affected 12 percent of search queries.
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