Memex Search Engines wa developed by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Pentagon. Memex is supposedly more sophisticated than Google and is able to display the search results that are not detected by Google.
They claimed that Memex can disassemble the dark side of the virtual world into the “Internet Underground” which undetected by Google, where many sites “dangerous” hanging around.
Typically, such sites used by criminals in order not easily tracked. For example only drug dealers or traffickers. Therefore, law enforcement need to be facilitated to access it.
“We want to increase the sophistication of online searches for each person. Also easy to use, “said Chris White, the DARPA Program Manager SENO quotes from Tech Times, Monday (02/16/2015).
Memex itself is short of memory and index. Currently, the product has been tested, among others, by the authorities in the city of New York to uncover cases of human trafficking. DARPA believes that Memex will significantly benefit the government and the military, or even companies. Currently, the search engines are still in the prototype stage.
Memex itself is not a commercial search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing. For citizens of Indonesia of course this was a relief because the name of the search engine is sufficiently “risky”.
Unlike a Google search, Memex can search not only for text but also for images and latitude/longitude coordinates encoded in photos. It can decipher numbers that are part of an image, including handwritten numbers in a photo, a technique traffickers often use to mask their contact information. It also recognises photo backgrounds independently of their subjects, so it can identify pictures of different women that share the same backdrop, such as a hotel room—a tell-tale sign of sex trafficking, experts say.
Also unlike Google, it can look into, and spot relationships among, not only run-of-the-mill web pages but online databases such as those offered by government agencies and within online forums (the so-called deep web) and networks like Tor, whose server addresses are obscured (the so-called dark web).
Since its release a year ago, Memex has had notable successes in sex-trafficking investigations. New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Memex has generated leads in 20 investigations and has been used in eight trials prosecuted by the county’s sex-trafficking division. In a case last June, Mr Vance said, Memex’s ability to search the posting times of ads that had been taken down helped in a case that resulted in the sentencing of a trafficker to 50 years to life in prison.