Hacking the automated polls

my latest article for POC.

Hacking the automated polls

In 2005, Young Radicals, a group blog of youth netizens, introduced online protesting to the public by garnering enough support to “google bomb the president” at the height of the Hello Garci scandal.

They got the idea from Internet activists in the United States who linked certain search words to manipulate the results of online search engines such as Google. The result: a search for key words “pekeng pangulo (fake president)” on any Google browser was directed to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s website.

The youngradicals’ project was arguably the first of its kind in terms of interactive online protest and campaigning. Google bombing the president’s website, according to then youth activist-blogger-turned-legislator Raymond Palatino, was just one of the many ways Internet users could express their dissent against the Hello Garci controversy.

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