The “Deep Web” is Not All Dark

The Deep Web and the Dark Web are topics of intrigue, particularly since the FBI shut down the Silk Road website in October of 2013.  Many inaccurately use the terms Deep Web and Dark Web interchangeably. However, the Dark Web is only a small portion of the Deep Web (see Figure 1). While both the enormous Deep Web and the much smaller Dark Web are inaccessible to Surface Web crawlers such as Google and Bing, there is a distinct difference between the Deep Web and the Dark Web as these contain different types of information and different ways to access this information.

For a video tutorial on the Dark Web, please see Katie Couric’s “The dark web explained.”

Nathan Chandler, in an article on how the Deep Web works, contrasts the Dark Web with the Deep Web:

Figure 1 - Layers of the Web

Figure 1 – Layers of the Web

“There’s a flip side of the deep Web that’s a lot murkier — and, sometimes, darker — which is why it’s also known as the dark Web. In the dark Web, users really do intentionally bury data. Often, these parts of the Web are accessible only if you use special browser software that helps to peel away the onion-like layers of the dark Web.

This software maintains the privacy of both the source and the destination of data and the people who access it. For political dissidents and criminals alike, this kind of anonymity shows the immense power of the dark Web, enabling transfers of information, goods and services, legally or illegally, to the chagrin of the powers-that-be all over the world.”

In light of the Epix Documentary Deep Web, released on May 31, 2015, we want to emphasize that Deep Web Technologies, a company founded in 2002, with some of the most prestigious companies in the world as customers, is not involved in nor has ever been involved in any efforts to access the nefarious parts of the Deep Web known as the Dark Web. 

On November 5, 2013, in response to a Time Magazine cover story entitled — The Secret Web: Where Drugs, Porn and Murder Hide Online, Abe Lederman, Founder and CEO of Deep Web Technologies, wrote a blog article and a letter to the Editor of Time raising concern about the inappropriate use of “Deep Web” to refer to the “Dark Web”.

On May 26, 2015, in anticipation of the Epix Deep Web Documentary, Abe Lederman, wrote a another blog article, once again pointing out the confusing way that many refer to the “Dark Web” as the “Deep Web”.

Deep Web Technologies has not had any interest, in developing capabilities to access the Dark Web. If you want to learn more about Deep Web Technologies, the company, and not the Epix Documentary try this Google Search and review some of the thousands of web pages about and by the company. Also, try a demo of our technology to see the difference.