Goodbye Google, Hello Qwant!

This is a guest blog post by Jack Warner of TechWarn. The French government bids farewell to Google and adopts Qwant. At the end of last year, the French National Assembly announced that they are not going to use Google anymore. All the devices belonging to the French...

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Can blockchain solve the problem of trust?

Blockchain and smart contracts cannot be inherently trusted – they must establish trust in the architects, the coders the participants, and anyone involved in the implementation and operation of the system. However, the transparency and consensus mechanisms built into the technology are a significant aid to building that trust.

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When will Google’s search engine monopoly be broken?

In 1998 a colleague introduced me to the Google search engine and as a result I made the shift from my previously preferred search engine, Alta Vista, to Google. Twenty years on, despite trying many others, I still use Google regularly. I was delighted by the Google experience 20 years ago, but today I dislike Google search for several reasons. However, I have yet to find a noticeably better alternative.

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Avoiding the Filter Bubble

For those not familiar with the ‘Filter Bubble’, the term was coined by Internet activist Eli Pariser around 2010 and refers to a state of intellectual isolation resulting from personalisation applied to the delivery of web content. The suggestion is that users become...

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