An eye-opening account of how the hidden rise of personalization on the Internet is controlling-and limiting-the information we consume.

In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for each user. Instead of giving you the most broadly popular result, Google now tries to predict what you are most likely to click on. According to MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser, Google's change in policy is symptomatic of the most significant shift to take place on the Web in recent years-the rise of personalization. In this groundbreaking investigation of the new hidden Web, Pariser uncovers how this growing trend threatens to control how we consume and share information as a society-and reveals what we can do about it.

Though the phenomenon has gone largely undetected until now, personalized filters are sweeping the Web, creating individual universes of information for each of us. Facebook-the primary news source for an increasing number of Americans-prioritizes the links it believes will appeal to you so that if you are a liberal, you can expect to see only progressive links. Even an old-media bastion like The Washington Post devotes the top of its home page to a news feed with the links your Facebook friends are sharing. Behind the scenes a burgeoning industry of data companies is tracking your personal information to sell to advertisers, from your political leanings to the color you painted your living room to the hiking boots you just browsed on Zappos.

In a personalized world, we will increasingly be typed and fed only news that is pleasant, familiar, and confirms our beliefs-and because these filters are invisible, we won't know what is being hidden from us. Our past interests will determine what we are exposed to in the future, leaving less room for the unexpected encounters that spark creativity, innovation, and the democratic exchange of ideas.

While we all worry that the Internet is eroding privacy or shrinking our attention spans, Pariser uncovers a more pernicious and far- reaching trend on the Internet and shows how we can- and must-change course. With vivid detail and remarkable scope, The Filter Bubble reveals how personalization undermines the Internet's original purpose as an open platform for the spread of ideas and could leave us all in an isolated, echoing world.
El primer libro que analiza el fenómeno de la selección mediante algoritmos de empresas como Google, Facebook o cualquier portal de noticias, y explica las graves consecuencias que tiene esto sobre nuestra recepción de información y, en consecuencia, sobre nuestra forma de pensar.

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En diciembre de 2009, Google comenzó a personalizar los resultados de las búsquedas de todos sus usuarios, y arrancó así una nueva era en la que las webs que visitamos se van adaptando a nosotros como por arte de magia. El filtro burbuja, un libro fascinante y visionario, revela lo que hay detrás de esa ubicua personalización, desde Facebook hasta Google pasando por cualquier portal de noticias, y explica las consecuencias que tiene sobre nosotros, sobre la información que nos llega y, en última instancia, sobre el funcionamiento de la democracia.

La lucha por recopilar datos personales -de la orientación política a las últimas zapatillas que hemos buscado- y ajustar nuestra navegación en función de estos es el nuevo campo de batalla de los gigantes de internet. Cada uno de nosotros vive en un universo de información personalizada, una burbuja a la que solo acceden las noticias que se ajustan a nuestros intereses y preferencias, limitando la exposición a ideas, opiniones y realidades ajenas.

Internet, que nació para facilitar el flujo de ideas e información, se está cerrando sobre sí mismo bajo la presión del comercio y la monetización. Pero no es demasiado tarde para corregir el rumbo. Pariser expone una nueva visión que explote los beneficios de la tecnología sin caer en sus peores efectos, para lograr que Internet alcance su potencial transformador.

Reseñas:
«Fascinante. Una inmersión profunda en el fenómeno invisible de la selección algorítmica en la web, un mundo en el que se nos muestra más lo que los algoritmos creen que queremos ver y menos lo que realmente deberíamos ver.»
The Atlantic

«Parisier es sin duda quien mejor ha entendido los recelos que muchos usuarios de Internet sienten.»
The Financial Times

«Parisier conoce la capacidad de los motores de búsqueda y las redes sociales para controlar el modo exacto en que obtenemos información; para bien y para mal.»
Time Magazine

«Un libro diseñado para agitarnos, pues esa puede ser la única manera de que descubramos y hagamos estallar la burbuja. Una polémica y una advertencia.»
The Sunday TImes

«Una importante investigación sobre los peligros del exceso de personalización. Entretenido y provocador.»
The New York Times Book Review

«El filtro burbuja es un aspecto importante y a menudo olvidado de la evolución de internet que afecta a todos los que lo utilizamos.»
The Economist

«Estremecedor.»
The New York Reviews of Books

«Indispensable.»
Time

«De lo más oportuno. Una poderosa denuncia del sistema actual.»
The Wall Street Journal

In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for each user. Instead of giving you the most broadly popular result, Google now tries to predict what you are most likely to click on. According to MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser, Google's change in policy is symptomatic of the most significant shift to take place on the Web in recent years-the rise of personalization. In this groundbreaking investigation of the new hidden Web, Pariser uncovers how this growing trend threatens to control how we consume and share information as a society-and reveals what we can do about it. Though the phenomenon has gone largely undetected until now, personalized filters are sweeping the Web, creating individual universes of information for each of us. Facebook-the primary news source for an increasing number of Americans-prioritizes the links it believes will appeal to you so that if you are a liberal, you can expect to see only progressive links. Even an old-media bastion like The Washington Post devotes the top of its home page to a news feed with the links your Facebook friends are sharing. Behind the scenes, a burgeoning industry of data companies is tracking your personal information to sell to advertisers, from your political leanings to the color you painted your living room to the hiking boots you just browsed on Zappos. In a personalized world, we will increasingly be typed and fed only news that is pleasant, familiar, and confirms our beliefs-and because these filters are invisible, we won't know what is being hidden from us. Our past interests will determine what we are exposed to in the future, leaving less room for the unexpected encounters that spark creativity, innovation, and the democratic exchange of ideas. While we all worry that the Internet is eroding privacy or shrinking our attention spans, Pariser uncovers a more pernicious and far-reaching trend and shows how we can-and must-change course. With vivid detail and remarkable scope, The Filter Bubble reveals how personalization undermines the Internet's original purpose as an open platform for the spread of ideas and could leave us all in an isolated, echoing world.
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