How to Break out of the Filter Bubble

Last week I posted about the filter bubble--the selective bias programmed into search engines via your search histories and the cookies web sites leave on your computer. This week I'm posting about how to break out of the filter bubble, so that the results of your web searches don't merely reflect your previous searches but have a better chance of bringing you new information.

Step 1: Delete the cookies in your web browser. A cookie is a small file stored in your computer's web browser  that records your search history.

Step 2: Disable tracking features in your browser.

Step 3: Search the web anonymously by using the search engine DuckDuckGo or the web browser Tor.

You can get more information on breaking the filter bubble (including how-tos for the three steps I outlined) at the University of Illinois' guide to filter bubbles and the Deep Web.

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