Configurability for Me, But Not For Thee.

A mandala made from a knob and button-covered control panel.
Stephen Drake/CC BY 2.0 (modified)

Tracking Exposed is a scrappy European nonprofit that attempts to understand how online recommendation algorithms work. They comine data from volunteers who install a plugin with data acquired through “headless browsers,” to attempt to reverse-engineer the principles that determine what you see when you visit or search Tiktok, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook or Pornhub.

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