I'm teaching issues relating to search engines this this week in Internet Law, and one of the issues I'm doing is the problem of search engine bias.
How nice of Wired.com to run an article showing just how relevant my class can be:
A U.S. government-funded medical information site that bills itself as the world's largest database on reproductive health has quietly begun to block searches on the word “abortion,” concealing nearly 25,000 search results.
Called Popline, the search site is run by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland. It's funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, the federal office in charge of providing foreign aid, including health care funding, to developing nations.
Lots more where that came from….
Update: The Dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health weighs in — and says the right things.