Tuesday, January 03, 2012

web search by the people for the people...,

FSCONS: YaCy Demo from Michael Christen on Vimeo.

YaCy | YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index. We want to achieve freedom of information through a free, distributed web search which is powered by the world's users.

Imagine if, rather than relying on the proprietary software of a large professional search engine operator, your search engine was run by many private computers which aren't under the control of any one company or individual. Well, that's what YaCy does! The resulting decentralized web search currently has about 1.4 billion documents in its index (and growing - download and install YaCy to help out!) and more than 600 peer operators contribute each month. About 130,000 search queries are performed with this network each day.

There are already several search networks based on YaCy: the two major networks are the 'freeworld' network (which is the default public network that you join when you load the standard installation of YaCy) and the Sciencenet of the Karlsruhe Institut of Technology which focuses on scientific content. Other YaCy networks exist as TOR hidden services, local intranet services and on WiFi networks too.
Installation is easy!

The installation takes only three minutes. Just download the release, decompress the package and run the start script. On linux you need OpenJDK6. You don't need to install external databases or a web server, everything is already included in YaCy. Fist tap Dale.


Uglyblackjohn said...

Until more people have smartphones ( only 30% worldwide - 40% in the US) - would a network for the old models work as a starting point for a new serch engine?
Maybe create an add-on which upgrades old phones to access the new internet.

CNu said...

If you are only U.S.-centric, you are missing a lot of opportunities.
Let's say you're trying to create a device for India. Out of India's one billion people, only 50
million access the Internet—but 500 million have access to simple
phones. India's answer is a hardware device called the Vayu
and a whole cloud system to deliver the Web via SMS, called

Uglyblackjohn said...

I WAS thinking more global.
If a poor farmer in India can access the internet on an old phone - THAT  would be progress.
The more technologically advanced, the easier it seems to be controlled by others.
"Vayu"? Gotta look that up.

CNu said...

Be sure to peep SMS solutions on the African continent as well. My man Johan Meyer http://subrealism.blogspot.com/2012/01/blog-post.html#comment-398505678 being coy, but I speck both he and Ed Dunn know a thing or two about a thing or two - on how the older technologies and older protocols are being used to democratize access and transactions.

p.s., you ever wonder whatever happend to beepers and the spectrum that was carved out specifically to support them?

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