Online ID / age verification: the death of online search, and non-browser web access?

A (public) draft of a blog post on an unintended, perhaps unnoticed, effect of the current push for ID / online.

Feedback welcome.

decoded.legal/blog/2021/07/onl

@neil
> There might be an approach based on allow-listing known IPs of spiders, but it's hardly optimal.

It will also block any chance for new independent small search engines to pop-up, effectively locking the search mainstream engine space down for the oligopolists.

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@rysiek Can I add that point, please? Credit to you and your mastodon account?

@neil haha, sure thing, that's why I commented! no credit necessary, I feel it's a reasonably trivial point, but of course it's up to you!

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