hitchhiker - 7:10 pm on Jun 20, 2013 (gmt 0)
The big problem for independent search engines remains unchanged - funding.
That's true in the classical sense. What about crowd-fund or open/crowd-source a new type of search engine? If anything of late has spoken to one thing, it's that resting our livelihoods in any one basket (especially a corporate one) is going to be bad in the long run.
With a strong open codebase, we would see many instances pop-up, many variations - which is good for everyone. Otherwise it's just a case of 'the king is dead, long live the king'. The whole thing would make it much harder for blackhats, they wouldn't need one 'game plan' - they'd need many. We'd have protection in variety.
There is a wider movement towards decentralisation afoot. I've said this before: We need a peer-to-peer application layer. I *wish* I could drop everything and start on that now.