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When most people think of the Internet, what they are referring to is what is known as the “Surface Web.” The Surface Web is made up of websites that are indexed by traditional search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Firefox. For instance, when an individual searches for something on Google, he or she is using and accessing the information through the Surface Web. A majority of traditional Internet users believe that they have full access to all of the information available on the Web, but this belief is erroneous. In fact, it has been suggested and estimated by researchers, that the Surface Web only makes up 1 to 16 percent of all the information available on theWeb. The rest of the Web is comprised of websites found on either the “Deep Web” or the “Dark Net.”

This post was originally published on the Cardozo International & Comparative Law Review website on September 14, 2020. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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