The Death of Scroogle + Google Privacy Policy Change + March 8th Internet shutdown = ?

Our favorite search engine Scroogle.org has had it’s troubles in the past. Every so often Google created temporary road blocks for the private search engine. More than once we feared it was never going to work again but it managed to bypass those obstacles and come back to life.

Something a little different is afoot this time. For a month or so we had scroogle’s servers being randomly blocked by Google who identitifed them as bots. Scroogle worked and then didn’t randomly during that time. Then came Google’s privacy policy consolidation…all Google affiliate sites and services had their respective privacy policies ditched in favor of one umbrella policy. A likely connection? I figure there just might be….

Google might feel its about time to give people no quarter when it comes to ducking the eye of Big Brother. Their new policy will help to consolidate information from its users over all of its affiliates. A better database to track you in. Having any alternative seach engines that can bypass the scrutiny is bothersome to Google i’m sure. Will we see all alternative, private search engines fall one by one now? I hope not…but Scroogle is not just broken…it’s MIA. The servers no longer even seem to exist.

Anyway…lets keep pulling what we have out of the arsenal. Here’s some things to check out…

http://anonymouse.org/anonwww.html – anonymous email sending, web surfing and newsgroup posting

http://www.historycommons.org/ – “The website is a tool for open-content participatory journalism. It allows people to investigate important issues by providing a space where people can collaborate on the documentation of past and current events, as well as the entities associated with those events. The website can be used to investigate topics at the local, regional, or global level. The data is displayed on the website in the form of dynamic timelines and entity profiles, and is exportable into XML so it can be shared with others for non-commercial purposes.”

http://duckduckgo.com/ – private search engine

http://yippy.com/ – private search engine

Now….if you all recall that there is a rumor of an FBI shutdown of internet servers on March 8…what do you think? Are we looking at some correlating events and if so…is it going to seriously threaten our ability to research and think freely on the web?

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