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Offline DaBees-Knees

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Free Software Activists To Take On Google With New Search Engine
« on: November 30, 2011, 06:28:42 am »
 http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9222198/Free_software_activists_to_take_o

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Free software activists have released a peer-to-peer search engine to take on Google, Yahoo, Bing and others.

The free, distributed search engine, YaCy, takes a new approach to search. Rather than using a central server, its search results come from a network of independent "peers," users who have downloaded the YaCy software. The aim is that no single entity gets to decide what gets listed, or in which order results appear.

"Most of what we do on the Internet involves search. It's the vital link between us and the information we're looking for. For such an essential function, we cannot rely on a few large companies and compromise our privacy in the process," said Michael Christen, YaCy's project leader.

The project is supported by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), which is concerned that dominant search engines have too much control and power over what information Internet users can find online. "That company will also know what you're currently interested in. The search terms used tell others a lot about what you're up to. Targeted advertising is only the most benign use of this data," explained Karsten Gerloff, FSFE president.

Anything that stops domination and gives choice is good.

Offline Bluey_412

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Re: Free Software Activists To Take On Google With New Search Engine
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011, 10:27:22 pm »
Hmmmm, sure we've seen that search engine before somewhere 'round here...
What you think is important is rarely urgent
But what you think is Urgent is rarely important

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