an abstract of the world map, with a lot of connection lines

the interwebz – an exploration

Many people do not understand beyond a most superficial level what this thing they call the web is. This is the first in a series of articles to explore the web

DEC VT-100 terminal

the internet

ARPANET was a means to connect military research networks together. The network at one site was now able to connect to the network at another site. It eventually became known as the internet, from the term “inter-network”.

a browser screen

the world wide web

In a list compiled by the British Council, the invention of the World Wide Web is ranked number one. So where did it come from?

hooded figure behind lines of computer code

dark, deep and clear

In the last article I raised the apparent discrepancy between the number of web pages and the number of pages indexed by search engines. Those very simple statistics showed a discrepancy of 50%. In other words, the search engines only know about half the pages that are out on the web. Unfortunately, this inconsistency is hopelessly understated. And to know why, we need to look at the clear web, the deep web and the dark web.

laptop with currency underneath

the real cost of free

Free wi-fi, free sites, free services, free apps. Far from free when we consider that we are paying for them with information about ourselves and our friends.