Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the UK has revealed a plan to hold a deep web hacking event or hackathon for developing technologies and improving the nation’s security.
The MODHack event is scheduled to be held from the 25th to 27th of September at Wallacespace, London under the auspices of the Knowledge Transfer Network and Science and Technology Laboratory.
Traditionally, the deep web refers to the large amount of information hidden within billions of pages on the internet that search engines often fail to index.
The aim of MoD is to develop new as well as non-traditional methods for tackling deep web problem, as part of the project Catalysing Defence Innovation via Science and Technology.
According to MoD, hackathon would provide a unique opportunity for software developers, innovators and data scientists to collaborate with each other and develop solutions to mine the deep web with the help of open source tools as well as services, which in turn would help them build something that can potentially support the UK’s national security.
This is because web searches currently make use of a one-size-fits-all approach.
This model meets commercial requirements, but not the needs of the government.
The MoD said that the goal of the hackathon event would be inventing better methods of interaction and sharing information.
This would enable users to quickly organize and search information.
The MoD also explained that the event would focus on non-traditional ways of searching content and development of techniques that would lead to improvements in content discovery, extraction of information.
In this connection, it must be noted that the DSTL has already collaborated with the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (Darpa) of the Department of Defense in the US with a view to improve the searching efforts.
DSTL said that efforts of Darpa have already led to the creation of a number of tools. DSTL, therefore, urged hackathon participants to build on top of those services.
The solutions developed during the event would be the intellectual property of the individual developers.
Further, viable ideas would be supported for further development.
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