Here are some of the positive aspects of the Deep Web.
- When we hear about that opaque internet zone known as the Deep Web, we inevitably think of the negative aspects that we imagine the exchange of information of any origin and nature involves without the transparency that we expect. In reality, that Deep Web also refers to all the content that is not indexed by the usual search engines of all known.
- Thousands of different types of non-textual data such as video, audio or images without the necessary information to be located by Google. On other occasions, the user’s prior registration requirements to access the information prevent this search.
- This is a basic principle of privacy because, for example, the content of Gmail messages or documents in Dropbox, even if they are visible to any registered user, are not accessible by public search engines.
- Although, and that is why contextual advertising works, it is visible to robots. There are therefore an infinity of opaque contents that meet these characteristics:
a)They require the user to complete access data.
c)They contain images or other non-indexable information.
- For Cristiano Mattman, NASA Data Science Director , this does not allow them to be defined as Deep Web , but they must be hosted on web servers that use the anonymous network protocol called Tor.
- This protocol was created with good intentions, by the US Department of Defense to protect sensitive information and was published as Public Domain in 2004. The problem came when organizations and individuals with less noble intentions began to use its possibilities for drug trafficking, weapons or people.
Searching For The Door To The Depths Of The Web
- In 2014, the US Government launched the Memex program in order to help the police identify criminal operations online, within the Deep Web , through data mining.
- Using this tool to monitor the deep web on an ongoing basis could help identify human and gun trafficking situations soon after photos are posted online. That could prevent crime from occurring and save lives.
Benefits Of Developing Tools That Limit Web Opacity
- Paradoxically, research into technologies that break the limits of search engines will benefit the development of the search engines of the future that we will all use.
- Extending today’s search capabilities to the depth of web and non-traditional content.
- Enhanced interfaces for military, civil servants, and business enterprises to find and organize publicly available information on the Internet.
- For example, internet searches remain largely a manual process that does not save sessions, requires a near-exact word with one input at a time, and does not organize or aggregate results beyond a list of links. . The new search engines based on Memex promise to fix it.
- Additionally, the creation of new search systems for complex information on the Internet, or in the Big Data of intranets , would facilitate the work of scientists of all specialties, who could track, index and correlate millions of graphic or graphic files without sufficient data to be located.
- Not to mention that all the code written for Memex, like TOR, is Open Source and dozens of independent teams are already working to make the most of its possibilities.