"Alternative" search engine DuckDuckGo is manipulating their autocomplete algorithm. While disappointing, this is not surprising.

Individually, humans can express a wide range of behaviors, but as part of a system they become much more deterministic. Group behavior is almost entirely dictated by the rules that govern the system.

In this case, the funding and administrative model of DuckDuckGo is identical to Google's - provide a centralized search service, use that service to get eyeballs, sell those eyeballs to advertisers - and so they're heading down the same dark path of info manipulation. The problem isn't that evil people happen to be running Google, it's that the rules by which Google operates attract and encourage evil behavior.

Take the example of this monkey fairness experiment. The rules of the game are unfair - both monkeys do the same task, one is rewarded more than the other. This causes the monkey being rewarded less to justifiably lose it's shit. If you replace the scientist with a different scientist following exactly the same rules, the monkey will suffer just as much. The rules of the system are what cause suffering, not the brand they fly under.

If you want different results, you need different rules. A different revenue model. A different administrative structure. An alternative to the centralized client-server model. Something.


Comments
2017-09-06 15:52:36
I've noticed this on innocuous searches as well. Additionally, returned results are ideologically colored.
%2017-09-06 16:37:44
Badspot, you're getting shared in more mainstream places now :)
Deedend 2017-09-06 22:06:16
Any existing alternative?
Pecon2017-09-06 23:09:16
> If you want different results, you need different rules. A different revenue model. A different administrative structure. An alternative to the centralized client-server model. Something.

Namecoin was a really interesting concept in this area, I think. It never really took off, but the idea behind it was to replace the mostly centralized DNS system with a decentralized solution. It worked off of Bitcoin's underlying structure and kinda just tacked on the ability to 'spend' tokens in order to register a hostname in the blockchain. In theory it would make all domain names completely inalienable and equally priced.
Gothboy772017-09-07 03:27:07
They now have a DuckDuckGo extension for chrome. Makes perfect sense

"The search engine that doesn't track you"

"With a new extension for the web browser that does" #everythingGoogle
2017-09-12 20:06:42
If you think thats bad try google image searching "white women"
alem2017-10-05 09:24:31
Interesting, I did not know about this.


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