This DuckDuckGo audit by @purism is a sobering read:

Remember that DuckDuckGo is venture capital-funded which means that they must exit—either become a publicly-traded multi-billion-dollar company (sell to the public) or sell to one of the incumbents.

(What we need is a publicly-funded but independently run search engine. The EU could create such a thing… if they didn’t have they heads firmly entrenched up Silicon Valley’s bumhole.)

HT @koherecoWatchdog

@aral @koherecoWatchdog uff, i wouldn‘t call this an audit but an opinion piece. Nevertheless , seeing this put together in a single document is food for thought at least. The first part reads more like a personal attack to the ceo though. How do you „audit“ the motives of a Person?

@lvdd_ @aral @koherecoWatchdog And quite a few arguments hinge on a vendetta against CloudFlare, which gives it a little whiff of Mr. Gotcha.

@kartoffelmos @aral @koherecoWatchdog Yeah, that's the part that saddens me as well.
BTW: Maybe there is an audit needed somewhere else? ;-)

@lvdd_ @aral If we were auditing a FOSS security tool, then indeed the background & motivations would be irrelevant clutter & opinion. But the audit is of a cloud /service/, where trust cannot be disregarded. It would be reckless not to take history & motives into account when assessing trustworthiness. Weinberg's motives where established by his own words in an interview.

@aral @purism @koherecoWatchdog

Personally I found the non profit German based Metager much better.
It has a v3 onion address too which duckduck has updated to yet.
Plus I can become a member with voting rights that's.

Metager and @codeberg
Are too of the actually good democratic EU alternatives out there.

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@zer0 I believe @purism have limited access to their source code servers as it was apparently by a third-party.

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