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Friday, February 13, 2015

Memex is Searching the Dark Web

Those who follow the history of knowledge and the Web will remember the Memex system.   Now the term points to an effort by DARPA that looks at the Dark Web.  From ITWorld:

" ... A “Dark Web” search engine developed by U.S. defense researchers is in the spotlight this week for its use in combating human-trafficking activities, but it could play a role in business, too. 

“There’s huge potential,” said Jeff Schneider, a research professor within the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. Earlier this year, Carnegie Mellon was awarded a $3.6 million contract to collaborate on the project at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is known as Memex.

The Memex program—a three-year research initiative to develop software for domain-specific indexing of open, public Web content and domain-specific search capabilities—was highlighted on Sunday by a segment on 60 Minutes and an article in Scientific American. ... "    

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