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Debating Google in Bath

By Tom Chatfield  

prospect-debates-web_335The grand regency chamber at the heart of Bath’s Guildhall is an incongruous place to be talking about search algorithms and digital privacy. Courtesy of the rather excellent Bath Literature Festival, however, that was exactly where I found myself this Sunday, debating whether Google is good for you in the company of Tim Kelsey, Heather Brooke and our chair, Tiffany Jenkins. I kept expecting to see a bonnet or two nodding in the audience, but no such Austenesque accoutrements were to be found. In fact, there was little technophobia of…

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