TONIGHT: Bentley Library Information Literacy Series: Your Own Private Internet

IL series blog imagePlease join us tonight, Wednesday, March 20, for the third event in the Bentley Library Information Literacy Series, featuring a panel of experts on the phenomenon of personalization on the Internet known as the “filter bubble.”

Join us in LaCava 305AB at 5:30 for light refreshments, with the discussion getting underway just before 6:00.





Your Own Private Internet: What the Internet is Hiding from You (And Why)

Bentley Library Information Literacy Series



Zachary Newell, Humanities Librarian, Salem State University

Dan Schultz, Knight-Mozilla Fellow, Boston Globe

Heikki Topi, Professor of Computer Information Systems, Bentley University



Nathan Carter, Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Bentley University

 Free and open to the public


“A world constructed from the familiar is a world in which there’s nothing to learn.” So wrote Eli Pariser in his 2011 book The Filter Bubble, about the ever-increasing personalization Internet users experience. Is he right? How can we evaluate information when it has been hand-picked for us – what are we missing when we search for information, and how do we know? How do crowdsourcing and other, more traditional conceptions of authoritative information contribute to this information environment? Is there an inherent tradeoff between precision and personalization when searching on the Internet? A panel of experts and researchers will convene at Bentley University to discuss these questions and others related to evaluating information on the open and social web.


Founded in 2011, the Bentley Library Information Literacy Series is a series of lectures, panel discussions, and other events featuring experts in the field of information literacy. The series is designed to bring together librarians and experts from other fields inside and outside academia in order to bridge gaps in knowledge and understanding, and to expand awareness and critical thinking about information literacy. The events in the series are aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, librarians, and anyone with an interest in teaching and learning in an era of rapid change in information delivery and discovery.