I’ve been a DuckDuckGo user for few users now. The idea of having no history of my searches, or rather not having to provide any identity to search the Internet, has always attracted me. Almost all the other search engines actively keep a track of who is searching what so that they can search better “personalized” results. Which also means that they know what you are looking for, at what time, from where etc.

Data is beautiful. The more you have, the more patterns you can find in them. It’s hard to imagine what someone can learn about you when they look at your search history over years. Your whole life becomes a plain text book that someone can read.

For such reasons DuckDuckGo has been my primary search engine for years. And over time, I’ve come to know more about how much customizable DDG is. DDG has something called Instant Answers that tries to provide you what you’re looking for without any extra clicks. Like the currency changing IA -

Currency Convert Instant Answers

And the fun part is that, this IA part of DDG is open source. And there is a whole community around it. I started contributing to the IA repositories few months back and started to meet people virtually. I found some more people around me who were contributing to DDG. Well, a meetup was inevitable.

DDG organizes an event called Quack and Hack around the planet that brings together the developers that contributes to DDG. Around 3 months back when they organized one in New York, I replied back on Twitter saying that it’d be nice to have one in India too.

Bibhas Debnath

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