How deep is your web?

In 2017 the debate continues: Apple vs. Android.

If you enjoy the freedom of modifying features on your phone, then the Android is for you. However, if you prefer a product that has pre-organised everything for you and allows for no further adjustments, then go for the Apple iPhone.

According to Zittrain, most consumers today are willing to sacrifice the freedom of customisation for security and prefer the unmodifiable nature of products, like the iPhone.

For companies like Apple, is it about protection or control when we are prevented from doing certain things?

A scary realisation comes to mind when we think of the dark web. Once you have gained access to it the amount, and type, of content available is limitless:


This image presents a rough visual breakdown of content on the surface web compared to that on the deep web and the dark web. This comparison is astounding.

Considering this visual, is the surface web an example of a locked forum or a walled garden of content, where only specific information is allowed to exist?

Contrastingly, the dark web seems to have no walled garden of content. The dark web contains the worst kinds of information possible, as evident in the above image.

However, is it possible that the dark web is not THAT bad? UK cyber security firm, Digital Shadows, has developed a search engine for the dark web. Their purpose is to prevent corruption within companies by inside or outside sources:

…if your business is mentioned down there, they [Digital Shadows] can quickly respond to that.

Through this search engine, and others including Tor, it is much easier for anyone to access it.

But why would people want to venture into the dark web in the first place? Precisely because of the freedom and breadth of information that they can access. Facebook is now accessible down there and censorship of the internet by governments does not apply. This freedom of censorship is perfect for journalists or activists who may be working in countries that have strict internet regulations. It allows users complete power and control over what they want to look up. However, this power is a double edged sword as users are within a domain where cybercrime frequently occurs and where illegal information flourishes. Consequently, this can make them a target for investigation by the government.


If people grow tired of internet restrictions on the surface web, is it possible that the dark web may become more popular? If this occurs will the surface web expand its resources in order to prevent users from switching sides? There is no certainty regarding what the future holds in the deep and dark web.




4 thoughts on “How deep is your web?

  1. Hi Alex,

    I can’t imagine that the world will be embracing the dark web anytime soon, even the name is enough to ward me away from it. I like my internet like I like my life, safe. I think, if humans were to switch over to using only the dark web, along with all the freedom of posting like you mentioned, I think it would be harder for people to protect themselves against viruses in the software. Unless there was a virus protection that could fight against that, who knows who would be able to gain access to your information. This all just sounds like a Black Mirror episode.

    Better yet, there is a television series that is about people using the dark web, it’s called Darknet and I highly recommend it.

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  2. Hi again.
    I myself am guilty of Zittrain’s testament, that consumers are sacrificing the freedom of customisation/unmodifiable apps etc. in exchange for the easy capabilities of the iPhone. Great visual representation of the dark web – nothing like a good above/below surface of an iceberg to show us some perspective. To further your blog post I am interested in your view of the dark web search engine, do you side that it is beneficial to have this search engine accessible for those people who have censorship restrictions or do you side that the existence of this search engine will just fuel further crime?

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    1. Thanks for ye comment sheila. I think the search bar makes navigating around the dark web more user friendly but it also makes it easier for users to engage in illegal activity. I am a bit torn, but I think it is more beneficial, I mean, imagine Google without a search bar, it would be all over the place. Besides the search bar being obviously beneficial for users I think it could also help cyber security firms, like Digital Shadows, track down people engaging in illegal activities. In this way it goes hand in hand; it can be beneficial but it can also fuel the negativity attached to the dark web.


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