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France is ditching Google to reclaim its online independence  In October 2018, the French National Assembly and French Army Ministry switched to Qwant as their default search engine to better protect their citizens' data and to regain Europe's 'digital sovereignty'(11/27/2018)

Someone Paid Thousands of Foreigners 20 Cents Each to Hide Negative News Coverage in Google When internet search engines use "what others clicked on" popularity in their relevancy ranking, organizations can game the ranking to hide news stories from you they don't like. News services like Factiva use straight forward keyword relevancy ranking. (11/1/2018)

Google Dataset Search (beta) was launched this month. The intent is to unify the tens of thousands of different repositories for datasets online. The initial release will cover the environmental and social sciences, government data, and datasets from news organizations like ProPublica. U.S. government data is actively syndicated to Google Dataset Search (9/18/2018)

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Past articles from Search Engine News

Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code An unnerving analysis from The Guardian of the state of algorithms that control everything from your Google search results to the stock market and autonomous weapons. (9/30/2018)

How to turn off Google location tracking When you turn off “location history" Google still tracks your location when you use several of its key services including Maps, search and the weather. Here’s how to really turn all of it off. (8/14/2018)

Kopernio is a new-ish Chrome extension that helps you locate a copy of an academic paper by checking both open access repositories and the library's subscriptions. Launched in 2017, it was recently purchased by Clarivate Analytics (owner of Web of Science). Kopernio can be installed on any Bank computer or IMF computer.(6/4/2018)

Bing launched  Intelligent search which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to show more complete information at the top of results. Answers from multiple sources will be presented, even showing two sides of an answer from two different sources in attempt to mitigate confirmation bias. Try this search on "Is Kale bad for you." (5/17/2018)