Releasing a refactored client

We refactored our example client, searsiaclient! Yay! Ok, this will be our nerdiest post in a while. In software design, code refactoring refers to restructuring the code without changing its external behaviour. So, what’s the big deal, if the clients behaviour is still the same? Previously, searsiaclient not only depended... [Read More]
Tags: release

The GDPR and Privacy Policies

The GDPR, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation is about to get into action, so we decided to make our privacy policy explicit. It comes pretty much down to the following statement: [Read More]
Tags: privacy

Web search; No tracking

This post is based on the Searsia lightning talk for the 2018 New Year meeting of the Dutch Internet Society, for which the slides were appropriately made in HTML. (top picture by [Read More]
Tags: advertisements, autocompletions, privacy, release

Searsia Version 1.0 released

Earlier this week we released Searsia Version 1.0, a major update of our software that will make it a lot easier to configure your federated search engine. The changes implemented in Searsia Version 1.0 were inspired by the need to support recommendations and advertisements without tracking the users of search... [Read More]
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Search advertising without tracking users

by Djoerd Hiemstra

The past months Searsia investigated ways for small search engines to provide search advertisements without participating in the large advertisement networks of Google and Facebook, and more importantly, without the need for small search engines to track their users. Large advertisement networks operate by pay-per-impression or pay-per-click schemes that need... [Read More]
Tags: advertisements, privacy