I am interested in any discussion and ideas on mitigating the risk that Search Engines (SE) pose as a natural monopolies  and all the problems that will entail for the Safe network. Researching these forums on the topic it appears that the general idea is that website/data content producers will submit their data to one or more SE for indexing as they wish, and each different search engine provides custom interfaces to their indexed MaidSafe network content. Going by the research, most likely one to three SE will rise to dominate them all and as more people start using the MaidSafe network they will naturally gravitate towards the top SE almost exclusively. This appears to open the Safe network up to all the problems of censorship that the network has been designed to mitigate. Pressure on the maintainers of the one or more of the top SE would be feasible by Identifying who they are the moment the SE intersects in any way with the existing web, an event likely to happen/perhaps unavoidable given the nature of Search Engines.
A first response might be that users can just choose another SE should any one start to censor, plus the data will still exist on the Safe network so it is not a problem. The counter-argument being that with SE censorship the majority of the users will not even notice they are subjected to it, even if they are in the minority of vigilant users that really care about that kind of thing. When content is not indexed, left to go stale or slyly down-ranked then it as good as if the data does not exist on the network for the vast majority of people. The power to decide what to censor/filter/rank or not is no longer in the hands of the MaidSafe user.
One possible solution would be for a Search Engine to be quickly deployed that is held in the hands of a worldwide distribution of maintainers that are determined to uphold MaidSafe ideals, gambling that the first-mover advantage is enough to afford it the natural monopoly over the longer term. This seems a fragile solution however now we know just how persuasive a powerful adversary can be against a worldwide group of SE maintainers - see the worldwide extra-judicial targeting of the secretive maintainers of the specialised Search Engine “Wikileaks”  as one example, or the rise of Baidu to dominate in China attributed to government pressure against foreign search providers .
Is distributing the search function itself technically feasible within the MaidSafe framework? Say for example a default Safe network distributed Graph Database  that each content provider themselves index their own data into if they want it to be searchable, and end users query the database using an intermediary thin layer query system complete with their to-taste ranking/filter bubbles/censorship options?
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