The business potential of the Deep Web for small and medium enterprises

Obreja, Andreea-Roxana (2015) The business potential of the Deep Web for small and medium enterprises. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The Deep Web has concomitantly existed together with the Surface web but has recently drawn attention of governments and media because of its covert nature that can facilitate illegal activities. The purpose of this study is to go beyond the ‘Dark web’ stigma and review the positive aspects of the Deep Web that can give SMEs a competitive advantage on the market. While its size and complexity make it a powerful knowledge source, the Deep Web has a wide variety of offerings that can be adapted to meet business needs such as: competitive intelligence, cross-enterprise collaboration, techno-elitism and cutting edge technology. Moreover, previously questionable elements such as crypto-currency, anonymity and onion routing start finding their place in the current business environment. With the regulatory bodies still arguing whether they should regulate the Deep Web and many businesses reluctant to expose openly how they benefit from it, the limitations observed during the primary research stage emphasized why companies need to assess it as a potential business tool and why it is bound to be of interest many years from now.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2015 14:38
    Last Modified: 03 Dec 2015 14:38

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