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Distributed Search

The recent casual, unintentional invasion of AOL user privacy highlights the vulnerability of every Google user. Every search is tracked, stored, etc. and with enough time and research those records can easily be pointed back to an individual. The threat of the U.S. Government invading privacy through these means is also readily evident. However, there are solutions such as search proxies. Better yet, the use of a search engine not controlled by a private organization is another way the vulnerabilities could be avoided.

A major challenge to creating an independent search enginage is the question of how to replicate the massive resources brought to bear by a company like Google. Majestic 12 puts forth a potential solution: use distributed computing techniques for spidering. Details on the architecture are available, as is the client software should you wish to become a node. Most importantly, an alpha version of the search portal is operational.

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