Surface web

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The Surface Web (also called the Visible Web, Indexed Web, Indexable Web or Lightnet)[1] is the portion of the World Wide Web that is readily available to the general public and searchable with standard web search engines. It is the opposite of the deep web.[2]

According to one source, as of June 14, 2015, Google's index of the surface web contains about 14.5 billion pages.[3]

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  1. ^ "Redefining light and dark". November 28, 2005. 
  2. ^ Barratt, Monica (January 15, 2015). "A Discussion About Dark Net Terminology". Drugs, Internet, Society. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ de Kunder, Maurice (June 14, 2015). "The Size of the World Wide Web". Retrieved June 14, 2015.