This TED talk by Eli Pariser is a scary view is happening as the role of filtering information shifts from humans to algorithms:
Librarians have long played the role of "information curators", helping ensure that our communities have access to a balanced and broad array of information. The question now is "What does that mean in a world of filter bubbles?"
To me it means -
- Continuing to fight like hell to maintain our place in the school/education community where we can help give future generations the skills to navigate and evaluate the sea of information bubbles in which they will be swimming.
- Find a way to embed ourselves into the commercial entities that are developing the algorithms that determine who finds what so we can nudge that development in ways that foster transparency and a diversity of viewpoints.
- Become the creators of algorithms - offer something better, without a commercial agenda.
None of these pathways are easy, and they require skills that we may not have today...but what an opportunity to cement ourselves into the foundations of the new digital infrastructure.