Tracking fame through the lens of a search engine

In my latest post for the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute, I delve into one aspect of how Google has implemented the Court of Justice of the European Union’s ruling in the Google Spain case. The way Google’s algorithm adds or does not add a disclaimer to certain search results gives you a glimpse into if Google thinks you are “famous.” As my post suggests, if you Google your name on a Google website in the EU (, for example), whether a disclaimer appears at the bottom of the results will tell if you the search giant believes you are public figure. Disclaimer = not famous. No disclaimer = famous.



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