Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Feb 2014 16:43 UTC
Internet & Networking

When Gabriel Weinberg launched a search engine in 2008, plenty of people thought he was insane. How could DuckDuckGo, a tiny, Philadelphia-based startup, go up against Google? One way, he wagered, was by respecting user privacy. Six years later, we're living in the post-Snowden era, and the idea doesn't seem so crazy.

In fact, DuckDuckGo is exploding.

I wonder what the future holds for DuckDuckGo. Will there be a point where people leave Google Search completely, instead of just casting curious glances at DDG?

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RE[2]: Privacy vs convenience
by WorknMan on Thu 20th Feb 2014 21:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Privacy vs convenience"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Bubbling (as they call it when a search engine uses information about the searcher to tailor the results) is not just a concern for the excessively cautious or paranoid. It also has implications for the nature of the searcher's interaction with knowledge and can impede some kinds of work.


True, but in that regard, it's not necessarily a privacy concern. I wouldn't suggest using Google (at least not without a VPN or something) that you wanted to be private. But for most of us, how many searches do we perform that we wouldn't want our own mothers knowing about? Somethings are worth being paranoid about. Others are not.

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RE[3]: Privacy vs convenience
by M.Onty on Thu 20th Feb 2014 22:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Privacy vs convenience"
M.Onty Member since:
2009-10-23

True, but in that regard, it's not necessarily a privacy concern. ... But for most of us, how many searches do we perform that we wouldn't want our own mothers knowing about? Somethings are worth being paranoid about. Others are not.


What you say regarding privacy is true, although a legitimate counter argument would be that privacy should be a default online, just as it is when posting letters whether you're sending someone a book token or conducting an elicit love affair.

Regardless of all that; yes, sorry, I realised after I posted last that I wasn't directly responding the the thrust of your argument. I was responding specifically to this bit from your first post:

... It's actually useful for the search engine to know something about you, such as your geographical location, so it can tailor searches for you in that regard.


On that particular point I would say that benefits are outweighed by the disadvantages caused by bubbling, as I described above.

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RE[4]: Privacy vs convenience
by WorknMan on Fri 21st Feb 2014 01:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Privacy vs convenience"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

What you say regarding privacy is true, although a legitimate counter argument would be that privacy should be a default online


Right, and a legitimate argument could be made that people shouldn't pirate either. But hey, this IS the internet. It is designed to share data, and it doesn't discriminate between what you want to be made public and what you don't, so trying to keep stuff private that isn't encrypted is a hard problem to solve. Maybe even impossible. Even if you intend to keep something private, it doesn't always work out that way. Just ask Target.

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