Department

Computer Science

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

3-2009

Abstract

It has been reported that, in the past, political activists have tried to influence web search results. They did that using link-bombing techniques to raise negative web pages with contents close to the their agendas to the top-10 search results. Google has admitted that this happen in the 2006 US Elections, but did it still happen in the all-important 2008 US Congressional Elections? In this paper we try to evaluate whether “gaming” the search engines during the election period is a widespread problem, how serious is it, and how search engines have tried to maintain the integrity of their search results.

Comments

Proceedings of the 1st WebSci 2009: Society On-Line, Athens, Greece, 18th–20th March, 2009

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