On the 11th of February the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences organizes the symposium Das Internet im Zeitalter von Überwachung und Manipulation – Der Offene Web-Index und andere Gegenmittel. More information on the symposium can be found here: http://searchstudies.org/de/suma2015.html
Dirk Lewandowski, who spoke at the last Society of the Query conference about the need for an independent index of the Web and wrote an article about this subject for the Society of the Query Reader, will discuss this research which he has since taken further. Download the article in PDF here or have a look at the complete Society of the Query Reader: Reflections on Web Search.
Check the talk by Dirk Lewandowski below or read up on the Society of the Query blog: Dirk Lewandowski: Why We Need an Independent Index of the Web