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Looking for a postdoc soon, to work with Djoerd Hiemstra @djoerd and myself on topics related to search over (fragments of) large Web collections in combination with personal data.

Do you enjoy research targeting SIGIR but also the system's side of IR, and do you want to help raise Europe's souvereignty in Web search, then do let us know!

How effective is paid advertising anyway?

Scott Cunningham, on the selection bias in paid clicks:

"""
[..] there was a nearly one-to-one increase in natural clicks [..] as though users were already going [..]
"""

causalinf.substack.com/p/how-c

Reminds me of 2020, when in the Netherlands the NPO (national broadcasting service, akin to BBC), removed third-party tracking and actually increased their revenue in doing so: techcrunch.com/2020/07/24/data

#google #facebook #ebay #AdTech

Nextcloud is hiring. We are looking, for example, for a 'Web Designer' and a 'Developer Relations Manager' nextcloud.com/jobs/ Please apply and join Nextcloud

Why search industry should not be an oligarchy: and you thought duck-duck-go would protect you from mass surveillance?! It's still Microsoft writing the rules here.

techcrunch.com/2022/05/24/ddg-

Sphere Transgression Watch, a tool introduced by Tamar Sharon to monitor and understand the influence of Big Tech in the public arena.

publicspaces.net/2022/05/25/th

Contributing to #PeerTube is joining a community that believes in a free-libre and federated YouTube alternative and a more ethical internet 🌐 ! Study, share and edit PeerTube code:
πŸ‘‰ github.com/Chocobozzz/PeerTube #FreeTheContribution

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Mastodon

The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make idf.social a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.