Wayne Clements

Google searches have a built-in autocomplete facility. If you enter a word, Google will offer search suggestions to save you time typing.

Some words Google will not auto-complete. There is a list of these, compiled originally by Jamie Dubs. He published them here: http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/08/words_banned_from_bing_and_google_s_autocomplete_algorithms.html. It has been suggested that Google practises a form of censorship (http://fffff.at/googles-official-list-of-bad-words/) because of its list of proscribed autocomplete words.

Google Badwords takes this word list and offers an alternative autocomplete service — it offers only autocomplete suggestions from Google’s banned word list. The result is almost always of a sexual nature.

Google Badwords defies Google’s auto-censorship.” (source: http://www.in-vacua.com/googlebadwords/googlebadwords-info.html)


Wayne Clements
United Kingdom

Wayne Clements is a visual artist and writer. His artworks are exhibited internationally in festivals and exhibitions of electronic art. These artworks he programs using the computer language Perl. He received the Award of Distinction for Net Vision, Prix Ars Electronica 2006. He is the author of several books of poetry.

Wayne completed a practice-based Ph.D. in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design (2005) where he researched machine methods of generating text. His website is www.in-vacua.com.