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OU on the BBC: Click - Openness and diversity

Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2011

Does a personalised web make the internet less vibrant and, ultimately, less useful?

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Click, from the BBC World Service and The Open University, considers the changing shape of the internet. As websites start to recognise you, and tailor their content accordingly, does this mean we'll hear less from people with different outlooks and different backgrounds when we log on?

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Separate lives: Four Boxes by David Sky

In the studio, Eli Parisier (author of The Filter Bubble) and Evgeny Morozov (author of The Net Delusion) discuss the matter. Eli explains why he feels filtering is reducing the internet's position as an independent free space as Evgeny eulogises the power of filters.

Click listeners have been putting the new personalised web to the test - they've been trying a simple web search around the globe, over a variety of platforms: just how different are the results?

Also, George Victor of the National Telcom Regulatory Authority of Egypt will be talking about the progress towards domain names which use Arabic script.

Click can be heard on the BBC World Service at 7.32pm, Tuesday 21st June. For other broadcast times, and links to podcasts and listen online, visit

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