Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, August 6th, 2018 - 2 comments
Google is planning a launch of its eponymous spectacular search engine in which it allows censorship from the Chinese state. Some U.S. politicians aren’t happy about it. Principles are, in the words of the words of my tailor, funny; you loosen a bit here, you loosen a bit there, you find your trousers fall down. […]
Written By: - Date published: 10:31 am, March 17th, 2015 - 12 comments
Changes being considered at Google have far reaching implications. Who gets to decide what is true?
Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, July 4th, 2013 - 103 comments
One of National’s favourite lines of attack on any significant lefty policy is that it will “scare off investors”. So how now do they respond to Google’s threat that global telecommunications companies may well abandon New Zealand because of the compliance costs of the new GCSB legislation?
Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, November 7th, 2010 - 23 comments
It seems that in American elections there is an almost perfect correspondence between some candidates’ opinion polling and their current search volume on Google. Can we do away with political opinion polls? Sounds interesting doesn’t it. A quick check shows that the relative frequency of searches for “National party” and “Labour party” predicted the result of the 2008 election. What other tricks can we try?
Written By: - Date published: 12:56 pm, June 4th, 2010 - 2 comments
Today, Google launched a new set of tools to help political candidates and activist organisastions engage with constituents and citizens.
From the Google Public Sector Blog:
We want to do our part to make sure candidates and campaigns have the tools to stay close to voters, who now expect to hear and see much more from their elected officials than ever before.
Written By: - Date published: 4:42 pm, January 9th, 2009 - 2 comments
Nikki Kaye might be right to fear Google’s watchful eye but police in Massachusetts have used streetview to solve the alleged kidnapping of a 9-year-old girl by her grandmother. A Massachusetts-based officer used the phone company’s GPS records to narrow his search then used Google’s streetview to take a guess at the likely hideout – a hotel, hundreds […]
Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, October 23rd, 2008 - 1 comment
This is clever from Google labs – In Quotes. It allows you to compare people’s quotes on a variety of issues, having pulled them from online news. The default “speakers” are McCain and Obama but you can change them. I tried with Clark and Key but there isn’t really enough data by the looks of […]
Written By: - Date published: 8:48 am, September 12th, 2008 - 50 comments
Visit google.co.nz search for the word “clueless” then hit “I’m feeling lucky”. I wonder where you’ll end up… Update: Make sure you select “pages from New Zealand”
Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, August 1st, 2008 - 12 comments
It seems TV3 has decided to promote a marriage between John Key and Winston Peters this week. They appear to be paying for ads on Google that come up when you search for “John Key” or for “Winston Peters“, but not for other leaders like Helen Clark or Jeanette Fitzsimons. What’s more, when you […]