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The Battle for the 2008 US Congressional Elections on the Web

Metaxas, Panagiotis and Mustafaraj, Eni (2009) The Battle for the 2008 US Congressional Elections on the Web. In: Proceedings of the WebSci'09: Society On-Line, 18-20 March 2009, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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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.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Elections, Googlebomb, Web search results, Blogs, Web Spam
Subjects:Web Science Events > Web Science 2009
ID Code:140
Deposited By: W S T Administrator
Deposited On:24 Jan 2009 08:45
Last Modified:25 Oct 2011 16:51

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