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Open source search engines give users more control over their online experience.

Issue

Justice Area(s)

Community Health and Collective Security

AI Impact(s)

Monopoly and Centralization

Public Interest Tech

Location(s)

Global

Year

2023

There have been alternative search engines that do their own web crawl for a while, but as Google's search gets less efficient and it gets cheaper to create AI generated content, they are becoming more relevant. Because they are not proprietary, these alternatives to commercial search engines let users bypass restrictive policies and licensing fees, and researchers say that "open source search engines provide an excellent way and material for people to learn, study and master search technology."

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