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As more people are joining the active fight against racism, companies — especially larger companies — are coming under increasing scrutiny when it comes to how they treat their employees in relation to race. In this article, we look at the incidents where Google has been accused of racism and what this says about their company culture as a whole.

What happened in the most recent incident?

In December 2020, a story broke about an ex-employee who accused Google and other big tech companies of being ‘institutionally racist’.

Dr Gebru believes she was fired because Google took issue with an academic paper she co-authored. Google have instead…


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Many resolutions focus on self-improvement, which is great, but why not consider making some resolutions that improve the whole planet? Here are some of our favourite ideas for eco-friendly resolutions you can make for 2021.

Switch your main search engine to SearchScene to support climate-focused charities

Probably the easiest eco-friendly resolution you could make is to change your default search engine. There are a number of great charitable search engines out there, but we would recommend SearchScene, as we donate 95% of our advertising profits to climate-focused charities such as Eden Reforestation Project, WaterAid, WWF, UNHCR, Oxfam and UNICEF.

It’s also worth noting that SearchScene offers one of the best search…


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Climate change has many well-known destructive effects, such as melting ice caps, rising sea levels, the destruction of wildlife habitats, an increase of extreme weather conditions, and even an increase in the likelihood of widespread disease. One problem that is less publicised, however, is climate-caused displacement. Here’s what you need to know about how climate change affects migration.

What is the correlation?

There is plenty of evidence that shows the link between migration and climate change issues such as extreme weather events and rising sea levels. In March 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai struck Mozambique, leaving 146,000 people displaced. In the Pacific Islands, the rising…


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There is no disputing that Google is the leader of the search engine market. We even ubiquitously refer to looking something up online as ‘Googling’ even if we’re not using the search engine itself! However, the situation when it comes to search engines isn’t as one dimensional as it may seem.

Most people like having a choice, and this leads many to ask, ‘are there better search engines than Google out there?’. Unfortunately, there’s no cut and dry answer to this question and that is because it really depends on your definition of better.

Google has a monopoly on the…


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Famously, Google’s unofficial motto had been ‘don’t be evil’ for a number of years. Recently, however, they removed almost all mentions of it from their code of conduct and other company communications, which caused quite a stir back in 2018! We take a look back at Google’s history over the past couple of decades and why the motto has changed.

The story of the ‘Don’t Be Evil’ motto

‘Don’t be evil’ had been Google’s unofficial motto since 2000, when it first appeared in the corporate code of conduct. …


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Most of us use a computer at some point in our lives, and many of us sit at them for most of the working day. However, our use of computers, laptops, and other tech devices is rarely something we think about when we think about our environmental impact or living more sustainably.

The concept of green computing is the practice of making our IT habits more environmentally-friendly which, as these devices have become such a large part of our lives, is a very beneficial habit to get into. …


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Many people have taken an interest in making more eco-conscious lifestyle choices, and whilst there’s lots we can do as individuals at home, businesses have a responsibility to be more eco-friendly and make some adjustments that will affect positive change on a larger scale.

With that in mind, we’ve put together some tips on steps you can take to make your business more environmentally friendly. Some of these changes will require a little more planning, but many of these are easy switches that any businesses can implement.

Use alternative energy sources

If you’re serious about making your business more environmentally friendly, you should think…


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People are often concerned that Google, a big tech giant and probably the largest data collector out there, is selling on their data to interested parties. This idea is what drives a lot of people to seek data privacy and put measures in place to stop Google from collecting data.

Google doesn’t ‘sell’ your data or personal information in the traditional sense. However, you can argue that Google does sell your data in theory because this information is what makes them money. We explore this concept in more detail in this article.

What does Google say about the claim that they sell data?

Google have stated the following: “We do not…


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Ethical search engines have undoubtedly become more popular in an age where people are more able to be informed of the alternatives. They have also benefited from some of the more negative associations of Google, such as their reported tax avoidance and data collection practices.

Google still dominates the search market, but with a focus on making a profit rather than charitable giving, it’s not hard to see why someone might look to an ethical search engine instead. …


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There is no denying that Google dominates the search engine space, with ‘Googling’ something now the go-to phrase instead of ‘searching for’ or ‘looking up’ something. Having said that, there are a variety of reasons why someone might choose to avoid Google, from the sheer size of their yearly profits to the many reports of their tax avoidance.

People aren’t always convinced to make the switch from Google, however, due to the fear that it will compromise their search experience. …

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SearchScene is a charitable search engine. We donate 95% of our profits to charity, with a focus on supporting charities that help fight climate change.

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