The Google Dilemma

12 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2008 Last revised: 25 Oct 2012


Web search is critical to our ability to use the Internet. Whoever controls search engines has enormous influence on all of us; whoever controls the search engines, perhaps, controls the Internet itself. This short essay (based on talks given in January and April 2008) uses the stories of five famous search queries to illustrate the conflicts over search and the enormous power Google wields in choosing whose voices are heard on the Internet.

Keywords: search, search engine, Google, Internet

Suggested Citation

Grimmelmann, James, The Google Dilemma. 53 New York Law School Law Review 939 (2009), NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08/09-2, Available at SSRN:

James Grimmelmann (Contact Author)

Cornell Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

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