[tbb-dev] Rationale behind the move to Disconnect Search?

Georg Koppen gk at torproject.org
Mon May 4 09:51:47 UTC 2015

> Hi,
> we're in the process of upgrading Tor Browser to 4.5 in Tails, and
> I noticed the migration to Disconnect Search as the default search
> engine. That's the kind of changes that we often have to justify in
> face of users and auditors, but I wasn't able to find the rationale
> behind this decision on the corresponding ticket [1]. 
> I see the release announcement [2] says:
>> Disconnect provides private Google search results to Tor users
>> without Captchas or bans.
> And below, Georg commented:
>> Startpage was not happy with our traffic and showed sometimes
>> CAPTCHAs. Disconnect on the other hand approached us with respect to
>> search engine traffic and donated some money.
> So, just to clarify: is that the entire rationale behind this move?

Yes, although the donated money does not really count here. That did not
influence the decision but I figured it might be good to add this anyway
for transparency reasons.


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