Wikia Search Engine To Launch Test Version Jan. 7

The Jimmy Wales' search engine experiment will launch its test version January 7. The engine - - Wikia - which Wales had stated last year would eventually challenge Google is an open source community driven program.

"Wales says pretending search results come from "some magic algorithm" doesn't help the concept of democracy or transparency, which goes against the characteristics the Web embodies. "All of these things are parts of the puzzle, but it's all going to be released under free license," he says. "The amount of human editorial influence will be much higher than anything we've seen before," CM.com reported.