The Deep End

* Large and small Websites are participating on July 12 in a Day of Action to preserve Net Neutrality, a free, open, and accessible Internet to anyone. The Federal Communications Commission is threatening to turn it into a system where cable and communications companies are gate keepers, that dictate prices and speeds to everyone else.
* That would be the end to Colltales and millions of sites, including those that serve as lifelines to billions, who depend on them for self-expression, to speak the truth to power, and to communicate with the world. Make your voice heard and fight for the democratic right of access of everyone to the World Wide Web.


Diving With Spiders 
In the World Wild Web

The wonder about the Internet is that it’s still expanding at an incalculable rate, and it remains defiantly free and democratic, despite all attempts at controlling it. So there’s no embarrassment to admit we’re far from grasping even a fraction of its multi billion-plus sites.
But as vast as the Web may be, it is but a shallow dip into its depths. To dive unprepared into the bowels of what’s known as Deep Web, is not advisable. Unreachable by search engine spiders, it’s like falling into an abyss, and like the ocean, it can crush you.
It’s not enough to Google ‘dark net’ in order to get to it, but it does bring up a staggering number of links. And that’s a start for a glance of the Deep Web which is some four to five hundred times larger than what’s available to everyone: about 6,500 terabytes compared to the meek 20 terabytes you can all access to. As for what’s in really in there, it’s another matter.
Close to 500 billion of that numbing figure are of sites you’ll probably never be admitted to, and as you’ll find out, nor should you try to. That is, unless you’re absolutely sure about what you’re getting yourself into. Consider that a fair warning.
Of course, not all that info is really relevant to the lives of the majority of people. But if you really need to be granted access, and there are ways to get it, what you’ll find is way more reliable data that you’re used to be fed by a regular search. A lot of it sits inside directories, under specific topic-driven searches, though.
WHERE THE WEB IS STICKIER
Despite the benign imagery used to invoke the differences between the regular Interweb and the Deep Web – fishing through the surface of the ocean as opposed to deep sea fishing – there’s not much that’s benign about this bottomless well of info, and many may find themselves, well, out of their depth while searching it.
That’s because traditional search engines have standard (more)
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Deep Net


Diving Into the
World Wild Web

The wonder about the Internet is that it’s still expanding at an incalculable rate, and it remains defiantly free and democratic, despite all attempts at controlling it. So no one should be embarrassed to admit they’re far from knowing even a fraction of the estimated billion sites currently on it.
What few know, though, is that its accessible side is only a percentage of its real size. A much larger WWW realm lies just below its surface. The bowels of the web, known as Deep Web, are unreachable by search engines. And just like an ocean, if the surface is fraught with risks, its depths can be fatal.
Ironically, to find out more about this hidden world it’s enough to Google it. And what such search brings up is truly staggering. For starters, the bulk of data found on the Deep Web is some four to five hundred times larger than what’s available to everyone, about 6,500 terabytes compared to the meek 20 terabytes you can access.
For that billion of sites, there are close to 550 billion of unique records, that you probably won’t be admitted to, and as you’ll find out, nor should you try to. That is, unless you know really well what you’re getting yourself into. Consider that a fair warning.
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Why, Fine

New Ways to Get on the Web, Before
Implanting Anything Under Your Skin

The dream of 24/7 connection is already here, and it often feels like a nightmare. The thought of being permanently hooked up to the Internet used to have the same allure that the future once had. But as your online avatar becomes more dissociated from you, getting sold and traded many times over, you agonize it’s revealing stuff about your life you wouldn’t dare sharing with your own cat.
In the meantime, of course, we just want to get on, connect, reach out, have followers, all that silly stuff that pass for living these days. For that, the search for a Hot Spot has become as part of your day as walking your dog and sipping coffee. You should be so lucky to live just long enough to see three potential new ways making such a search a bit easier, cheaper and more private.
Some brilliant minds have been deeply invested into finding better ways to hitch a hike on what used to be called the information highway, remember? (gosh, we are old). Feels more like a tsunami now, going on right outside your body and taking people and debris to places they wouldn’t have chosen to go, given a choice. You do, but how?
Short of having that now proverbial chip implanted on the skin of your forearm, or signing up for wireless phone coverage, or even shamelessly stealing from your nice neighbor down the hall, research is the one thing going places about that. We are biased toward human ingenuity, so when a few years back, someone came up with a wind-up device to power computers in Africa, for example, we were in awe.
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No SOPA Loca

Foolish Endeavors

When Banning Something Spikes
Interest or Tramples on Freedom

One of the surest ways to spike people’s interest in something: try to ban it. Yet, despite spectacular historical failures (see Prohibition, the War on Drugs, etc) there’s always a new attempt at legislating on behavior or to eliminate competition through public policy.
Corporations are rarely hurt by such foolish endeavors, of course. They simply pay a token of their profits for the right of meeting a demand that’s essentially conditioned by people’s prerogative.
Rules are intrinsic to living in society. Yet there’s the majority’s rights, as in control over guns or food production, and what’s up to the individual, and there should be no confusion about the two.
The Internet seems to be but the latest battleground of those who feel threatened by the right of anyone else to express themselves, even if their rhetoric is divisive and intolerant and as long as it remains basically that: rhetoric.
THE UNSAVORY SOPA
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