hooded figure behind lines of computer code

dark, deep and clear

In the last article I raised the apparent discrepancy between the number of web pages and the number of pages indexed by search engines. Those very simple statistics showed a discrepancy of 50%. In other words, the search engines only know about half the pages that are out on the web. Unfortunately, this inconsistency is hopelessly understated. And to know why, we need to look at the clear web, the deep web and the dark web.

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DEC VT-100 terminal

the internet

ARPANET was a means to connect military research networks together. The network at one site was now able to connect to the network at another site. It eventually became known as the internet, from the term “inter-network”.

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