My Search Neutrality reading list, from the recent #PICTFOR panel session with #Foundem on #SearchNeutrality

I spoke on a panel at PICTFOR on Search Neutrality a few days ago, and this comprises most of the reading list that I gathered in preparation for the meeting.

I was told forcefully and at great length by some individuals that somehow I had only discovered one side of the story, so I feel it incumbent upon me to publish exactly what I read so that that can become part of the discussion.

Academic Analysis of Search Neutrality

Network Neutrality, Search Neutrality, and the Never-ending Conflict between Efficiency and Fairness in Markets

NON/PRE-FOUNDEM PAPER MAKING CASE THAT SEARCH NEURTALITY WOULD BE REQUIRED WERE PRICE DISCRIMINATION (ETC) TO ARISE IN GOOGLE, NOT ADVERT PLACEMENT; SEE bit.ly/18bbMA FOR REVIEW

Some Skepticism About Search Neutrality

USE “ONE-CLICK DOWNLOAD” LINK AT TOP; IN-DEPTH RESPONSE TO CURRENT SEARCH-NEUTRALITY PROPOSITIONS; MUST-READ DOCUMENT


Foundem Business

Websites

Foundem-sponsored “Search Neutrality” site

  • NB: FORMERLY NAMED “THE GOOGLE DELUSION”
  • www.googledelusion.com/
  • SEE CITATIONS IN LAKE’S POSTINGS Q.V. AND ELSEWHERE

Foundem Company Website

Companies House Search

  • Go to Companies House and click Search Company Information ; search for company number 04601308.
  • Company Name: INFEDERATION LTD
  • Company Previous Name: MINDSCAPE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LTD

Company Financial Search

Patents

Communications system and method

The relevant patent for Foundem’s search engine, confirmed by Shivaun

Communications device and method comprising user profiles matching between …

Foundem and the FCC

Foundem hereby submits reply comments in response to the Commission

  • Preserving the Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in GN
  • Docket No. 09- 191 and WC Docket No. 07-52.
  • Foundem – date unknown (2010?)
  • www.foundem.co.uk/FCC_Comments.pdf
  • and other material on the site

Foundem and the EU

Background to EU Formal Investigation


News Coverage

2009

Search for answers to Google’s power leaves UK internet firm baffled

Foundem vs Google: a case study in SEO fail

OPINIONATED QUOTE (IN BODY)

The last word on this goes to Ciaran Norris, who says: I have to wonder whether the fact that Foundem apparently continues to rank well in Bing and Yahoo isn’t in fact a perfect example of why those sites currently struggle to manage 10% market share between them.

Why Foundem.co.uk doesn’t rank in Google.

After net neutrality, will we need “Google neutrality?”

REFERS TO ODLYZKO PAPER, PROVIDES ALT CONTEXT FOR SEARCH NEUTRALITY

When algorithms attack, does Google hear you scream?

“Search, but You May Not Find”

Recognizing Bottlenecks on the Net

OPINIONATED QUOTE (IN COMMENTS) – BY GRIMMELMAN, AUTHOR OF PAPER CITED AT TOP

James Grimmelmann – December 28, 2009 at 7:22 pm

I’ll come out and say it: Foundem is a near-worthless site, and the quality of its search results is poor. I can’t imagine any search, other than on foundem itself, on which I would want these jokers coming up at all prominently in my Google results. I want Google to be able to rank them poorly, and any regulation that would interfere with that process would make the Web that much less usable.

I’m intellectually sympathetic to the idea that concentrated online power is dangerous and that transparency is crucial. But every time someone actually accuses Google of unfair discrimination, it turns out to be yet another shady competitor that no well-informed searcher would want anything to do with. Some of them are grey-to-black SEOs who ve been caught in the act; others are not-ready-for-prime-time search engines looking for a PR hit. Each such incident counts as evidence against search neutrality regulations, not for it.

‘Search Neutrality’ Regulation?

2010

Foundem vs Google redux: it was a penalty! And search neutrality is at stake, dammit!

Antitrust incoming? Google hit by EU complaint, FCC filing

Sure, It s Big. But Is That Bad?

PENALTIES, SELF-PREFERENCING, AND PANDA:

Texas inquires on our approach to competition

A Peek Behind the Curtain of the Texas Antitrust Complaints against Google – Updated 3Xs

2011

Regulating Google’s results? Law prof calls “search neutrality” incoherent

TED 2011: The ‘Panda’ That Hates Farms: A Q&A With Google’s Top Search Engineers

INTERVIEW WITH GOOGLE ENGINEERS WHO IMPLEMENTED THE CODE WHICH DOWNGRADED (IN FOUNDEM TERMS, “PENALISED”) LOW-QUALITY-CONTENT WEBSITES, PROBABLY INCLUDING FOUNDEM; NOTE THE IMPLICIT SUBJECTIVE DEFINITIONS OF QUALITY; ALSO NOTE THE OVERALL GOALS OF THE PROJECT.

Google misled senate, Foundem claims

Defining and Measuring Search Bias

Google Panda Update: Say Goodbye to Low-Quality Link Building


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