As we inch up on the two-year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, it's important to think about how the Earth-shattering revelations about America's intelligence-gathering have affected Americans. We're all using Tor and DuckDuckGo and PGP and protecting ourselves against surveillance now, right? LOL, no.
Ever since Edward Snowden pulled back the curtain on the NSA's relentless snooping, the anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo's been breaking traffic records practically everyday. The privacy-friendly site just announced that it answered a whopping one billion search queries last year.
Do you like privacy? Do you shun surveillance and eschew spam? Do you like simplicity? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you'll love DuckDuckGo.
The search engine wars are many things: one-sided, enduring, non-violent. But like all good immutable conflicts, they can also be catty.