It’s two months before Gaybowl XIII, when the seven-on-seven National Gay Flag Football League champion will be crowned in Phoenix, and the Philadelphia Revolution is bereft of its star. In the middle of an overgrown Little League field in East Passyunk, where a mucky dune marks the 50-yard line, a bespectacled, double-knee-brace-wearing team captain drills the squad on route-running. Then, 30 minutes into the two-hour practice, he arrives: arms muscled, pecs protruding from a pink-sleeved t-shirt. He moseys toward the bleachers wearing a camo-green hat and Versace Eros cologne. He has just left Voyeur three hours ago. “I know nothing right now,” he mumbles, pulling on his cleats, grabbing his receiver’s gloves, and jumping in line for some 10-yard hitch routes.
Two years ago, a billboard appeared along a busy highway in San Francisco, advertising an obscure online company from Paoli, in Delaware County. A cartoonish duck with bright blue eyes, a yellow beak and a red bow tie quacked a pithy barb at its rival: “Google tracks you. We don’t.”
Six months later, that Paoli-based search engine, DuckDuckGo, had doubled its traffic to eight million searches a month, then scaled up to 40 million by mid-year 2012. Over a fortnight this June, as Edward Snowden unraveled his NSA surveillance leaks, it nearly doubled again—with traffic spiking 90 percent. “Online privacy is not dead,” says Gabriel Weinberg, the CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo. “People just don’t know what to do about it. Events like the NSA thing help give them a nudge.”
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