Australian Search Experience

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We are supporting the Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society’s new search experience project.

We talk a lot about how platforms like Google, and their algorithms, are breaking down our public square by presenting a different online experience for different people. And now is your chance to help researchers understand exactly how this is happening.

The project uses a little browser extension that runs in the background of your computer. It collects the results of different searches on Google and YouTube to see how different audiences get served different results.

Researchers need your help to gain valuable and otherwise unavailable insights into how search engines are shaping the information Australians receive online.

All information that is collected is anonymous and follows some of the worlds best practice security and privacy principles. It has also been approved by the Queensland University of Technology’s Ethics Committee.

If you’re over the age of 18, you can join the project by downloading a simple browser plugin to your computer.

For more information and to join the project you can click here.