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

@0 @purism @lvdd_ @aral 1) it's both fact & opinion & the factual elements are cited. There's nothing wrong w/opinion, even scientific studies have them. There is a bug tracker for lack of citation issues. 2) I don't think Aral implied that the service need be commercial. The EU was handing out grant money a few years ago for decentralization projects. #YaCy would be eligible for that kind of grant.

@aral @lvdd_ @purism @0 BTW, it should be pointed out that is an open access forge. I see that they are in copy, but they are not the author.

@koherecoWatchdog @aral @lvdd_ @purism @0 Thanks for pointing this out. To my knowledge no one who works at Purism is involved in that repo so you should treat that file as the opinions of the owner and not necessarily of Purism.

@koherecoWatchdog @aral @lvdd_ @purism @0 By the way I agree that having outside repos like that on is confusing and I admit that until now I didn't realize we allowed it. I believe this is simply an oversight in permissions we granted people who requested accounts so they could file bugs and contribute to *our* projects.

It's something we are looking to address now because we don't intend to be an open-access repository ala Github.


@kyle @koherecoWatchdog @lvdd_ @purism @0 Good call. I thought that was an audit by you guys.

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