The Deep Web and the Dark Web

NPR has a great feature on the so-called “hidden internet” where everyone from drug dealers, arms dealers, human rights activists, domestic violence victims, law enforcement, the US Navy, and many others operate anonymously. You can listen to it here and/or read the transcript.

Being completely clueless about this stuff aside from some vague ideas and a viewing of House of Cards’ second season this whole segment was fascinating and eye opening. Most surprising to me (though it should not have been, upon reflection) was the origin of the deep web:

Like the Internet itself, Tor was created by the government. Developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, its initial purpose was to protect the communications of the U.S. military, Sandvik says.

“But the challenge here is that if you have this anonymity system and [all] traffic going into the system is the U.S. Navy and everything popping out is the U.S. Navy, then you’re not that anonymous,” she says. “So by opening up this system to everyone, different groups of people can hide in a big crowd of anonymous Tor users.”

Sandvik says because of how Tor was developed, emphasizing privacy by design, there is no way to figure out who’s using Tor or if those users are using it for illicit activities.

Learn much more about how to get to the deep web and what awaits you there.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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