#Mozilla begrudgingly implements tracking protection by default, after being shamed into it yet again by Safari, the DuckDuckGo browser, and Gnome Web (just the ones I know who implemented it first) and talks a good talk while still having Google as its default search engine and continuing to get hundreds of millions from Google/Alphabet, Inc. – the largest surveillance capitalist in the world. (Mozilla Corp is ~entirely funded by surveillance capitalism.)
@aral I think, we should decentralize the search.
We need a p2p general-purpose search engine with our own crawlers, written in something native and efficient (like Rust) so that anyone can install and run their own copy, and, importantly, with clean and easy UX plus the name snappier than Google.
DuckDuckGo, good as they may be now, are still a central organization.
Sometime, google had "don't be evil" motto too.
I adressed YaCy. It's on the rght track, but it's not perfect.
How exactly would you "move away from general-purpose"? Ok, you may move. I may move. Who am I kidding, I won't. Nobody will and no amount of convincing will make them. Pulling up a phone, quickly entering a question and getting an answer is wicked sick, nobody will ever turn that down. I doubt you would.
I also highly doubt that control and surveilance is some inevitable evil to go with it
@drequivalent @aral That single search box is a major convenience to most people, and should be kept. But who says it must Source it's results from a single provider? Web standards exist that lets us do much better than that.
Fundamentally though the only thing that'll convince to switch is convenience, and it's my passion to see if we can achieve a better experience by making this switch.
And you're totally right to ask these questions, as I've got a high hurdle I'm challenging to leap over.