The deep Web (also known as the undernet, invisible Web and hidden Web, among other monikers) consists of data that you won't locate with a simple Google search.
No one really knows how big the deep Web really is, but it's hundreds (or perhaps even thousands) of times bigger that the surface Web. It's just hard for current search engine technology to find and make sense of it.
“Plus, it required the use of a NEx T workstation computer, and, even then, only 20 students could use it at one time.” Instead, Pizer and Gage struck out on their own and developed We BWor K, which was launched in 1996.
We BWor K may have begun at Rochester, but its impact is being felt far beyond campus.
“From the very beginning, we wrote the software intending that it be used by math departments across the country,” said Gage.
For political dissidents and criminals alike, this kind of anonymity shows the immense power of the dark Web, enabling transfers of information, goods and services, legally or illegally, to the chagrin of the powers-that-be all over the world.
Just as a search engine is simply scratching the surface of the Web, we're only getting started.
And in recognition of their innovation, the American Mathematical Society (AMS) has honored Pizer and Gage with its 2016 Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics.
“We used to assign homework, then give quizzes based on that homework,” said Pizer.Often, these parts of the Web are accessible only if you use special browser software that helps to peel away the onion-like layers of the dark Web.This software maintains the privacy of both the source and the destination of data and the people who access it.Two Rochester professors, Arnold Pizer and Michael Gage, had a bold idea 20 years ago: undergraduate students would learn more from their homework if they received immediate feedback.That revelation motivated them to develop We BWor K, one of the first web-based homework systems for math and science.The so-called surface Web, which all of us use routinely, consists of data that search engines can find and then offer up in response to your queries.