Everything journalists need to know about the “dark” web and banned sites

We think we know a lot about information on the Internet. In fact, most people can only see the tip of the digital iceberg. There are more and more “gray” or completely invisible to the naked eye communication spaces in the network. What happens outside of the usual directories and search engines?

Dark definitions

According to some estimates, up to 90% of all content available over the Internet is in an invisible zone for the average user. Back in 2001, one of the studies found that the deep web is 400-500 times larger than the visible one.

According to other researchers, as of 2006, the Russian part of the hidden web was about 14,000 sites. How much is now – one can only guess.

Deep Web, Invisible Web, Deep web, Hidden web, Darkweb or darknet (Deep Web, Deep Net, Invisible Web, Hidden Web, Dark Web) are all about web pages that are not indexed by traditional search engines. That is, they cannot be found in the public domain or accessed in a simple way (without authorization or special software).

Then the nuances in the definitions begin. Experts insist that the Dark Web is only part of the Deep Web (Deep Web, Hidden Web). And an even more general category for all phenomena is the Invisible Web.

There was confusion with the definitions of the alternative Internet initially. If you do not find fault with the words, then you can use all the definitions as synonyms. Moreover, in the Russian language, few people in principle know about these things, and only people in the topic can catch the nuances of definitions.