An Open Letter to Sundar Pichai
Posted: 13 July 2021
Dear Sundar, On TV last night, I watched your interview with the BBC, which is now available on BBC iPlayer and Sounds. The stories are nice, the questions were great, and it was entertaining. But for progress we need the right actions, which is why I am writing to you today.
Time to Ban Surveillance-Based Advertising
Posted: 07 July 2021
Recently, the Norwegian Consumer Council published a report calling for a ban on surveillance-based ads. In solidarity, we the undersigned will be sending the following letter on Wednesday, July 7th, to EU and US regulators to encourage them to take action during legislative sessions and any relevant privacy discussions.
Mojeek Reaches the 4 Billion Page Milestone
Posted: 28 June 2021
At the time of writing the English-language sections of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, comprise 6,322,101 pages. We have a habit of using Wikipedia as a way of helping to contextualise the size of the Mojeek index both because of the importance that it puts on free and open access to information, and because it’s very difficult to hold an idea as lofty as there being 4 billion of anything in your head without an understandable comparison. With the help of this imagery we are happy to announce that Mojeek is now more than 630 English-language-Wikipedias large.
Mojeek App Improvements
Posted: 26 May 2021
Apple’s new privacy labels meant that we had to recently revisit our Mojeek app in order to comply with new App Store rules; needless to say, filling out the “Data You Collect” part of this process was pretty easy. We decided to take this opportunity to improve the Mojeek App. Previously the Mojeek App provided a quick way of getting to the Mojeek Homepage and undertaking a search, but when clicking on one of the search results the seeker was sent to their default browser in order to continue their journey.
No-Tracking Search, How Does it Work?
Posted: 04 May 2021
Mojeek is one of seven international real web search engines and the only one outside of USA, Russia, and China. As the only one of those that does not track, Mojeek offers unique and important benefits to its global users. Search with surveillance was born in Silicon Valley and flowers in Russia and China. Search without surveillance was born in the UK, at Mojeek, in 2006. Here is the Mojeek perspective on search engines really work and what goes into building a real search engine.
After The Breach: Get Ready for the Next One
Posted: 22 April 2021
Almost every week we learn that another company, government, or non-governmental organisation has suffered a data breach. The way in which systems are built in this current age means that there is much less of a focus on creating a solid, well-defended infrastructure than there is on acquiring new users and getting a product out there. The technology sector’s obsession with data, tracking, analytics, and conversion funnels has fuelled these disasters. Software security is relegated beneath the relentless focus on growth and engagement.
Frictionless Donations Support an Open Web
Posted: 07 April 2021
One of the long-standing fictions that many of us have told ourselves about the Web is that the current funding model, that of surveillance advertising, has served us well. In fact, digital advertising has come to be dominated by Google, Facebook, and Amazon, all of which engage in data-harvesting practices that undermine both our privacy and autonomy.
To Track, or Not to Track? 15 Years Striving for Search Engine Independence
Posted: 18 March 2021
How can I get my website to rank high on Google? That was the challenge that confronted Marc Smith, like many other developers back in 2001. It’s a question now tackled by hundreds of millions in digital marketing. It has spawned new branches of marketing such as SEO and content marketing. In Marc’s case he was developing a shareware game for his friend as a favour, and as a way to learn and hone his skills. Little did he know, back then, the lifelong quest that this would draw him into. Figuring out how to get the website for his game to rank highly on Google led Marc down a fateful path and the creation of his own search engine. That search engine Mojeek is now one of very few genuine alternatives to Google.