Projects we like:

Tools


CenSEARCHip
CenSEARCHip allows you to explore the differences in the results returned by different countries' versions of the major search engines. We currently work with the Web search and image search functions of four national versions of Google and Yahoo!: the United States, China, France, and Germany.

Issue Dramaturg
The output of the IssueDramaturg, a Google Actor-Issue PageRank Profiling tool, with its special query string scheduler, compares sites' engine ranking for the same issue, showing in refreshing, hyperlink economy-style graphs the lifts and the sags.

Zoetrope
With Zoetrope, anyone will be able to use easy keyword searches to find archived Web information or look for patterns over time.


Privacy


SquiggleSR
SquiggleSR is a Firefox add-on which sends generated queries to search engines in order to deceive them and protect user’s privacy. RSS flow titles and search engines statistics are used to create coherent and personalized queries.

TrackMeNot
TrackMeNot is a lightweight browser extension that helps protect web searchers from surveillance and data-profiling by search engines. It does so not by means of concealment or encryption (i.e. covering one's tracks), but instead, paradoxically, by the opposite strategy: noise and obfuscation.

CustomizeGoogle
CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhances Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam).


Films/Animation/Graphics


MasterPlan. About the Power of Google

Zorgloob: Map of the Google-Network

Panopti.com

Do you have a Facebook?


Search Technology


YaCy
YaCy is a scalable personal web crawler and web search engine. One YaCy installation can store more than 10 million documents, but in a community of search peers YaCy can provide a search index of unlimited size

Opencrawl
We want to offer a platform to allow users to build their own customized searchengines. We call them "minisearchers". In contrast to our competitors, there won't be any precompiled index when you start (including all the spam). If the user enters a new URL, we start to crawl the site. Starting up a new index takes slightly longer - but you really get just the sites you want.

Open Search
The open-search project proposes to build a distributed, peer-to-peer, search-engine. By combining the already existing technologies of peer-to-peer file storage, distributed crawling and peer-to-peer searching, we hope to solve the problems inherent to a centralised search-engine: manipulation, censorship and profiling.


Art/Experiments


Google will eat itself
We generate money by serving Google text advertisments on a network of hidden Websites. With this money we automatically buy Google shares. We buy Google via their own advertisment! Google eats itself - but in the end "we" own it!

Pimp my name
Es genügt die Eingabe des eigenen Namens und das System erstellt und veröffentlicht auf Knopfdruck ein halbes Dutzend täuschend echter Presseseiten mit waghalsigen Geschichten über das Alter Ego. Ein ausgeklügeltes System von Vernetzungen unter den Seiten sorgt dafür, dass es die neue Online-Identität möglichst schnell in den Suchmaschinen nach oben rückt.

Shmoogle
... and if the result you were looking for was hiding in page 53?

The Emergence Project
The Emergence Project is an art installation that explores how complex patterns arise out of a multiplicity of simple interactions, a phenomenon known as “emergence”. Focusing on the actual discourse emanating from the Chicago Humanities Festival’s October 11 day of programs hosted in several venues in the Hyde Park area, the contents of the presentations, performances, and panel discussions are captured, analyzed, and processed into a multidimensional image that evolves from minute to minute. The piece will use simple morphological rules to excavate emerging word clusters and expressed “big ideas,” representing them on the Hyde Park Art Center’s digital façade.

The Dumpster
The Dumpster is an interactive online visualization that attempts to depict a slice through the romantic lives of American teenagers. Using real postings extracted from millions of online blogs, visitors to the project can surf through tens of thousands of specific romantic relationships in which one person has "dumped" another. The project's graphical tools reveal the astonishing similarities, unique differences, and underlying patterns of these failed relationships, providing both peculiarly analytic and sympathetically intimate perspectives onto the diversity of global romantic pain.