The AOL company researcher who released the data is one Abdur Chowdhury, pictured at right, looking like a douche.
A fellow researcher of his and coauthor of several search optimization papers, Eric Jensen, told NYT, “Their [AOL’s] response has served to inflame the situation rather than address the problem…I think that rather than making scapegoats out of people, you could have explained what this data was for.”
Gee, firing the people directly responsible and blaming it on them without addressing underlying issues, where have we heard that one before?
Jensen added, “he had been told that the posting of the data had been approved by all appropriate executives at AOL, including Ms. Govern.”
AOL: We care when the media makes us.