NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A local tech professional is using his tech expertise to design and build a new search engine.
"I started having a lot of conversations, especially during the lockdown, with some of my friends just trying to understand, 'where were millennial BIPOC youth and young adults getting their news from,'" said Dr. Paul McNeil of MB Usable Security LLC.
McNeil found many were missing the black perspective. He created "BLAAGLE," a search engine he designed to index articles specifically written by black journalists and bloggers.
"Whether you look at the 'Black Lives Matter' instance or you look at the capitol riots, understanding how current events are viewed by BIPOC individuals is super important to help us bridge those gaps and divide that seems to have been created," McNeil said.
McNeil said it takes a lot of work, and each article has to be vetted and verified. McNeil's effort is grassroots.
"We're reaching out to HBCU newspapers and news sources of that nature. That's kind of been how we've started," McNeil said. "The plan is to kind of grow. We're not Google, and so we're doing this incrementally."
His work is far from finished. Next, he plans to create a search engine with Latinx news sources and another with indigenous authors and other people of color. His goal is to make the world a better place.
"I think that having these different perspectives will help us to be able to heal as a country and help us to move forward and be the best version of the US that we can be," McNeil said.