DARPA’s Memex; the “Deep Web” Search Engine
Recently on 60 Minutes viewers were given an early look at Memex, DARPA’s new search engine. The inventor of Memex talked about how it will revolutionize law enforcement investigations.
“The internet is much, much bigger than people think. By some estimates Google, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo only give us access to around 5% of the content on the Web.”
The deep web or dark web as it is sometimes called is the portion of the internet that is not indexed by standard search engines. Operations such as “Silk Road”; the equivalent of ebay but for illegal weapons and drugs, is an example of what can be found on the deep web. Other things such as cryptocurrency and onion routing has made these sorts of black markets possible through anonymity.
DARPA’s Memex promises to expose the deep web through new indexing techniques. Will Memex threaten the anonymity of those who use the deep web?