I have also learned such a new word as “deep web” in the Workshop, and learned by doing that a number of smart search engines allow us to find information from webs which are not linked to other web sites.
For example, pipl, a search engine that collects a number of pieces of information on person and display them in a well sorted out way. When I input my name, I was almost frightened and thrilled at the same time!
Frightened because my photo posted at my Facebook was there. How come, as I allow only my friends to see my page of Facebook!?
“pipl” also displayed a series of my papers and books I published when I was at the OECD, and some dates back to even 1992! I felt I have my personal archive on the web.
To be fair, pipl is not perfect, yet, at least. It has picked up an ID photo of someone else from Facebook, and placed my volunteer activities at World Civil Society Forum as profession.
Above said, I’m convinced what technologies are enabling us to gather intelligence, any kind of intelligence, which you may not be aware.
So we should utilise them smartly, rather than stay away from them.