#25992 closed enhancement (duplicate)

Should Tor Browser use DuckDuckGo's onion (hidden) service instead of their normal website as the default search engine?

Reported by: nsuchy Owned by: tbb-team
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Description

The current version of the Tor Browser Bundle uses the search engine DuckDuckGo to allow users to easily make search queries from the about:tor page and the address bar. I noticed that DuckDuckGo also has an onion (hidden) service available. As such, should Tor Browser use DuckDuckGo's onion (hidden) service instead of their normal website as the default search engine?

A few benefits I see here:

*) Shows what Tor Hidden Services can do - do all Tor Browser users know about or use a Tor Hidden Service? This could make it shine and users the benefit on a day to day basis.

*) The amount of "exit" bandwidth to DuckDuckGo's services would be diverted into relay bandwidth (based on my understanding of tor hidden services - not exactly sure but relays with a no-exit policy would still help route traffic to DuckDuckGo)

Example Query (URL Syntax):
https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/?q=Tor+Browser+Bundle&t=hf

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Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 16 months ago by nsuchy

Summary: Should Tor Browser use DuckDuckGo's onion (hidden) service instaead of their normal website as the default search engine?Should Tor Browser use DuckDuckGo's onion (hidden) service instead of their normal website as the default search engine?

comment:2 Changed 16 months ago by cypherpunks

Resolution: duplicate
Status: newclosed

Duplicate #21483

The basic problem here is that the TB folks don't know if DDG's Onion can handle the load from such a switch.

See also #24379 for a lower impact proposal.

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