A new open source search engine has been launched to take on Google, Bing and Yahoo.
The YaCy, backed by free software activists, comes with desktop software and allows users to index search results on their own. The search engine developers believe it makes the platform much more accurate and more difficult to censor.
The search engine allows users to download and install a ‘peer' on their system, allowing the user to set-up their own search index. The peer desktop software also allows users to control their own searches and encrypt data for complete privacy.
YaCy is backed by the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), which claims the platform will result in a more independent online experience, with users in control of their online and digital activities rather than some server located in an obscure location.
"Most of what we do on the Internet involves search. It's the vital link between us and the information we're looking for. For such an essential function, we cannot rely on a few large companies, and compromise our privacy in the process," said YaCy project leader Michael Christen in a statement, as reported by the BBC.
"YaCy's free search is the vital link between free users and free information. YaCy hands control over search back to us, the users," he added.