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"Another reason why privacy could be just a passing fad, terrorism is going to get too good. [1997]"
- Larry Niven

Filter Program  
  Using programs to filter Internet results; a person need see only what they want to see.  

This is a very early reference to a problem that has become increasingly common, and has already divided our country into groups of people who are completely unable to agree on the simplest things.

People bought personalized filter programs to skim a few droplets from that sea [of information] and keep the rest out. For some, subjective reality became the selected entertainments and special-interest zines passed though by those tailored shells.

...a woman hears and reads only opinions that match her own, because other points of view are culled by her loyal guardian software.

From Earth, by David Brin.
Published by Bantam in 1990
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As it turns out, one of the characters has a plan to avoid that problem:

To avoid such staleness, Jen had hired a famous rogue hacker... to design her own filter... one in five files would pop up randomly, in defiance of her own parameters.

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