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Ben Gomes, VP-Search Engrg

February 28, 2019

Ben Gomes

What Can Local Marketers Learn from Google’s Quality Raters’ Guidelines?

..... We think that the answer to this is yes! Google’s VP of Search, Ben Gomes recently said the following: In other words, the QRG are not an exact one-to-one representation of Google’s algorithms, but they do represent what Google’s engineers want to produce with their search rankings. At Marie Haynes Consulting (MHC), we feel that the vast majority of the issues that are addressed in the QRG are things that we should all be trying to improve upon on our websites and our clients’ sites. .....

January 29, 2019

Ben Gomes

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

..... At the same time as Yahoo was feeding user data to the NSA, Google was developing a search engine called Dragonfly in collaboration with the Communist Party of China. In a letter obtained by The Intercept, Google CEO Sundar Pichai told a group of six US senators that Dragonfly could have “broad benefits inside and outside of China” but refused to release other details of the program, which the company’s search engine chief, Ben Gomes, informed Google staff would be released in early 2019. According to the documents obtained by The Intercept, Dragonfly would restrict access to broad categories of information, banning phrases like “human rights,” “student protest,” and “Nobel Prize” while linking online searches to a user’s phone number and tracking their physical location and movements, all of which will presumably impact social ratings or worse—much worse, if you happen to be a Uighur or a member of another Muslim minority group inside China, more than 1 million of whom are now confined in re-education camps. .....