VT Replaces Google Custom Search with Duck Duck Go

To start off on our new path in our new 2018 year, we’ve replaced Google Custom Search on all of our sites with Duck Duck Go!

DuckDuckGo (DDG) is an Internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by deliberately showing all users the same search results for a given search term. DuckDuckGo emphasizes returning the best results, rather than the most results, and generates those results from over 400 individual sources, including key crowdsourced sites such as Wikipedia, and other search engines like Bing, Yahoo!, Yandex, and Yummly.

The company is based in Paoli, Pennsylvania, in Greater Philadelphia, and has 40 employees. The company name originates from the children’s game duck, duck, goose.

Some of DuckDuckGo’s source code is free software hosted at GitHub under the Apache 2.0 License, but the core is proprietary. On 21 May 2014, DuckDuckGo launched a redesigned version that focused on smarter answers and a more refined look. The new version added often requested features such as images, local search, auto-suggest and more.

On 18 September 2014, Apple included DuckDuckGo in its Safari browser as an optional search engine. On 10 November 2014, Mozilla added DuckDuckGo as a search option to Firefox 33.1. On 30 May 2016, The Tor Project, Inc made DuckDuckGo the default search engine for Tor Browser 6.0.

Our use of Duck Duck Go makes more sense than the Rollerballian Google that has treated us poorly without customer service and is frankly much more congruent with our values.

And so it goes!

After 14 years with old positive ethos and effervescent Google, it’s time to say bye bye to the new police state version and hello to Duck Duck Go

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