Games Lost in the Web

What games - and other stuff - might we find in the Deep Web?

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The Internet isn’t a web.  It’s a vast ocean of information and we’re just skimming the surface.  That’s the big idea behind the Deep Web – the invisible data, from government files to video games, that even Google can’t find.  Michael Bergman, the computer scientist who coined the term, estimates that the Web as we know it represents less than 1% of what’s available online.  “The Deep Web is quite real and quite valuable,” says Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do?, “but highly challenging.”  The problem is that search engines are basically dumb bots.  They crawl between existing links but miss the rest.  This includes sites that haven’t been indexed or published and those that require passwords or fall into an unreachable format, like PowerPoint or Microsoft Word.  Given the empire Google built by organizing such a shallow pool, the race to plumb the depths is on.   The National Science Foundation and the University of Utah has, and Amazon chief Jeff Bezos invested in   “How deep is the Web?”  We may find out soon.

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