ElevenPaths Talks


DeepWeb por Leonardo Huertas

May 26, 2016. In this chapter Leonardo Huertas, CSA of ElevenPaths in Colombia, talks about the concepts of shallow and deep web and some of the main search engines for exploring the DeepWeb. He also looks at how to access this web. Watch the webcast now!

The internet is a constant presence among today’s society since web users fulfill most of their communication, research, shopping and study needs, among others, through the web. The search results that you see displayed are not all of the existing search results. Even though it may seem strange, this is due to the fact that search engines only skim the surface of the world wide web.

Beyond this “surface” there is the Hidden Web, Dark Web, Invisible Web or, as it is most commonly known, the DeepWeb. “Common” search engines (Google, Yahoo, etc.) are unable to reach/index it. A vast percentage of information (pages, documents, etc.) has been designed so as to avoid indexation. An example of this is a web page that has been completely developed in flash and has no HTML content.

Studies indicate that the DeepWeb hosts approximately 80% of all information online. Browsing the DeepWeb is not a crime. However, it must be done securely and with a great sense of responsibility. How this browsing is used is what makes it good or bad.

The DeepWeb is a seemingly “privileged browsing environment” since its structure and philosophy have been designed to ensure the apparent anonymity of its users. Nevertheless, you must be aware of the fact that this anonymity depends on the measures the users take during their navigation. As you will be able to see, the setting offered by the DeepWeb has attracted terrorist organizations, cyber-criminals in general as well as black markets. But it is also the means for other ethical activities to take place, e.g. investigations (interviews) wherein this web (and its information and security features) is the ideal setting for the journalist and interviewee to interact.

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