Manipulating the Google: A Reputation Management Method Revealed

October 1, 2018

I don’t want to go through the procedure described in “Data from the Lumen Database Highlights How Companies Use Fake Websites and Backdated Articles to Censor Google’s Search Results.” The article does a good job of explaining how Google’s weak time and date function makes it possible to neutralize certain content objects. The lever is the DMCA takedown notice.

Works most of the time in our experience with Augmentext and some related methods.

I thought it would be useful to highlight what Lumen is.

Straightaway it is a project of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The group, however, is an independent third party research “project.” The third parties collect and analyze requests to remove material from the Web.

These data are gathered in a database and analyzed.

Who works on these objective investigations?

There is the EFF and law school clinics. Help for the unit was provided by Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, University of San Francisco, University of Maine, George Washington School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law.

What’s interesting is that Lumen is supported by “gifts from Google.” Others kick in, of course. There are no promised deliverables. The pursuit of knowledge is the goal.

More info is here.

How surprised will Google, reputation management firms, and those who want certain content objects disassociated from their name?

Pretty surprised was the consensus around the cast iron stove here in Harrod’s Creek. We just burn magazines, books, and journals hereabouts.

Stephen E Arnold, October 1, 2018


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