Better Internet Search Ltd is announced.

Better Internet Search Ltd is announced.

Today, 4th October 2019, the new start-up company – Better Internet Search Ltd – was revealed through an exclusive article in Scottish newspaper The Herald. The new company is based on technology originally developed by Trisent and licensed to them.

As the name suggests they are developing a better internet search engine and have secured funding from the Next Generation Internet Trust to develop their ad-free monetisation model. You can read the full Herald Article here.

The company are currently looking for users to be the very first ‘guinea pigs’ to try out the alternative search engine in Edinburgh this month. You can register your interest here.

Hiring Software Developers Now

Hiring Software Developers Now

We will soon be making an announcement about an exciting new project we have been working on.  We are looking for talented software developers to join us on this project and hope to recruit a full-stack developer immediately and we will also looking for skills in a number of other areas as the project develops.  Knowledge of cloud platforms (ideally Azure) and AI/Machine Learning would be really useful too (but not essential).

To work with us you must have a “can-do” attitude and be looking to stretch yourself and contribute to our start-up culture.  We offer an enjoyable working environment and big opportunities for the right people that share in our vision.

If you are interested please do get in touch and feel free to share with friends or colleagues that might be interested in having an informal chat with us.

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Search engine bias is particularly insidious

Search engine bias is particularly insidious

Larry Page

“Currently, the predominant business model for commercial search engines is advertising. The goals of the advertising business model do not always correspond to providing quality search to users.  …., we expect that advertising funded search engines will be inherently biased towards theadvertisers and away from the needs of the consumers. ….., search engine bias is particularly insidious.”

Larry Page and Sergey Brin – 1998

These are direct quotations taken from a 1998 paper by Sergey Brin and Larry Page [1], the founders of Google, when their company was in its infancy. The quotes can all be found in “Appendix A: Advertising and Mixed Motives” of the paper.  I agree 100% with the quoted statements but wonder if Brin and Page are still aligned to these, and has Google abandoned their original ideals to become what some may consider to be a “particularly insidious” behemoth?

I hope to be able to post some details soon of one project I am investing a lot of time in that will remove advertising from the search business model and deliver quality user-focussed search with no commercial bias.  So watch this space!

[1] The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine, Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page, Stanford University, 1998, http://ilpubs.stanford.edu:8090/361/1/1998-8.pdf

 

Trisent is to benefit from the European Erasmus Programme

Trisent is to benefit from the European Erasmus Programme

TRISENT is strengthening its collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University through two student projects supported by the Erasmus Programme.

Two final-year students from Spain are coming to Edinburgh in March as part of the European Erasmus Programme. They will both be working with Trisent Ltd and Edinburgh Napier University on Proof-of-Concept projects which demonstrate the benefits that internet users can gain from the use of consolidated personal data.

You can read the full story here on All Media Scotland.

Scotland Means Business: Trisent

Scotland Means Business: Trisent

Scotland Means Business: Trisent

Business feature by Emer O’Toole in today’s National newspaper.

THE recent allegations that Cambridge Analytica harvested Facebook users’ information has made people more aware of the power and misuse of data. This is something Gordon Povey has been concerned about for years. His business, Trisent, aims to make data useful to the individual by putting it in one place and encrypting it.

“Disruptive Companies like ours will change the old data model.”

Read the complete news story here.