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Meta-Press.es

Retrieve news feeds and search locally

Meta-Press.es is a addon (in the standard WebExtension format) which gives super powers to your web browser. Meta-press.es equips your browser with the capacity to query hundreds of online presss sources in a few seconds and get you the relevant results. It is a drop-in replacement for centralised services like Google News, and in addition helps you to create press reviews (via selection and export of results from automatized searches).

Using Meta-Press.es, it's your web browser that does the work, without any middleman between information sources and you. Your privacy is respected even against the ad or social trackers of the newspapers (as those mechanisms aren't triggered by Meta-Press.es searches). Unlike its news portal competitors, Meta-Press.es transparently shows what was queried and what was not - and you can choose your own information sources (via source selection filters and even source selection pick-up). Everything happens directly on the user device and under control of the user, avoiding single points of censorship and in support of Freedom of the Press and media diversity.

Why does this actually matter to end users?

To keep up with the news online, you need to traverse a swamp of third-party trackers on most newspaper websites or rely on news aggregators that give you little choice how to search and select from the multitude of stories out there. And your search engine of choice just might put a few fake news articles in between actually relevant news results simply because these sensational and untrue pieces attract a lot of (unjust) attention.

Instead of evading all sorts of surveillance schemes and fake news, news readers simply want to search through relevant reporting and reliable news sources to catch up on the latest developments. Meta-Press.es is an effort to develop such a press search engine in the form of a Firefox addon, where everything happens strictly between your computer and the newspapers you are interested in. No surveillance, no censorship and no fake news, but instead privacy-friendly, trustworthy reporting as it should be.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Discovery Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 825322.

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