Networked Control: Search Engines and the Symmetry of Confidence
AbstractSearch engines have become an integral part of our Internet use. They shape the way we look at the world, they provide orientation where there is none; but the maps they draw are too often hijacked by commercial interest. Search engines are less black box than black foam; functional decoupling, parasite technologies, and the embedding in the greater context of culture and society render the search act subject to overdetermination. Control is thus diluted into a dense network of human and non-human “actants” and the power of the search engine is located in a control zone rather than a control center. In order to shift power back to the public, this paper proposes the concept of “symmetry of confidence”, a new relationship between search engine companies and their users.
How to Cite
Rieder, Bernhard. 2005. “Networked Control: Search Engines and the Symmetry of Confidence”. The International Review of Information Ethics 3 (June). Edmonton, Canada:26-32. https://doi.org/10.29173/irie346.