There is an increasing division within our society around social issues. We want to investigate the role of search engines, such as Google, in this division. That is why the Department of Communication Science at the University of Twente has launched a study on digital polarisation in our society through a citizen science project. For this, we need your help! By activating an extension on your computer, we can compare search results on social themes. The more people participate, the better we can understand search engines together. All the results will be shared with the participants. Please join us by installing the extension, which is completely safe and anonymous.
Topics such as vaccinations, climate change and nitrogen seem to be increasingly polarising Dutch society. Providing information through personalised search engines might play an important role in this. Our goal is to research the influence of search engines and other digital platforms on our society.
How to participate
You can easily participate by adding the browser extension to Chrome, FireFox or Edge. If you go to http://digitalepolarisatie.nl, then:
1. Select your browser
To start the installation, scroll down and click on your browser.
2 Add the extension to your browser
Once you are in your browser's installation environment, add the extension to your browser.
3. Installation complete
Once the installation is complete, the extension will run commands once a day in your browser. This will open a separate screen in the background.
To participate with the project you only need a laptop or computer with a browser installed (Chrome, FireFox or Edge).