Society of the Query #2
Session 4: Reflections on Search
Anton Tantner (AT): Towards a History of Search in the Analogue Age: Human Search Engines and Intelligence Offices
Conference Day 2 (8 November 2013)
Problems that haunt us today such as privacy issues, poor observance of the secrecy of registered data and government use of these services were also relevant in early modern and modern times that knew ‘human search engines’ such as go-betweens, servants and concierges, and institutions such as intelligence offices, bureaux d’adresse or question offices. By focusing on these two types of ‘analogue search engines’ Anton Tantner wants to stress that an historical approach to the ‘pre-history’ of search engines can be useful in reflecting the current conflicts that are aroused by companies such as Google.