Tech Companies and the Politics of Location

I have a phone. On that phone, a Samsung Galaxy S8+, I use Chrome to browse the web.

In Chrome, every time I open a new tab, I get a list of recommended articles. They are little odds and ends from around the web, things Google thinks I might find interesting, based on browsing history, location, things like that.

If there are say, 25 recommendations, I click on maybe three or four. For a list curated by algorithm, that’s not a great success rate; still, it isn’t horrible.