If you’re looking for information about certain major religious communities—namely, Jews, Muslims, and Christians—Google and other search engines that produce random results are misleading, even offensive, writes NPR, which reports on several search sites, like Jewogle for Jews and I’mHalal for Muslims.
For Christians, turn to Shea Houdmann in Colorado Springs, who runs SeekFind, which aims to return search queries that only link to websites deemed consistent with the Bible. You won’t bump into anything pornographic, he says. And if you search the phrase “gay marriage,” only results arguing against gay marriage pop up. If you type in “Democratic Party,” the first result is a site on Marxism.
Is it censorship?
“In a sense, I guess kind of what SeekFind does is a form of censorship, but I would more describe it as selective inclusion,” Houdmann says.
As for the future of search engines like Google and citizen-review sites like Yelp, users continue to have difficulty obtaining reliable information and are turning elsewhere online for results—such as social networks and people they know and trust, via sites like Facebook, points out The New York Times.
No matter which site you use to keep yourself informed, chances are your Internet connection speed will soon improve. The state has won a federal grant worth more than $100 million that will be matched with $34 million in other contributions to build an affordable broadband network around the state, notes The Denver Post.