As the dark web is garnering more and more public attention due to various factors that have shaken the virtual world, a certain faction decided to make sure that the information it supplies can be accessed by anyone willing to do so. In a quite interesting move, the dark web has its own major news site – ProPublica.
- The dark web, deepnet, or hidden web is known as such because the information there is not indexed by any search engines
- It is estimated that the dark web accounts for 85%-90% of all Internet content
- It can only be accessed through special means, the most (in)famous of which is the Tor network
- Bitcoin is the only currency used on the dark web
- You can find anything from illegal weapons, to drugs, child pornography, and even hit men on the dark web
The Mos Eisley of the Internet, the dark web has stirred up endless bouts of public controversy, as it is indeed the most wretched hive of scum and villainy you can find online.
Everything illegal can be found there, with people selling drugs, organs, weapons, and pretty much everything you’d want that can’t be acquired by legal means.
Some sources even provide information on how to build bombs, on how to get away with murder, or even on how to start your own drug empire. The Silk Road, for example, was a website where you could order any and all illegal drugs imaginable, and it stayed open for years.
However, despite the infamy it’s managed to gather, the dark web, just like Mos Eisley, does serve its purpose. For example, journalists in heavily censored countries can get reliable sources of information.
This is how the idea behind ProPublica’s move started. The website is going to operate as a hidden service of the Tor network, allowing readers in countries like China and North Korea to take advantage of their services and read their Pulitzer-worthy investigative journalism.
ProPublica isn’t new, but with them joining the dark web, they are definitely going to get more readers due to their increased availability.
More and more media is having its attention drawn to the dark web, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, considering its purpose – to stay hidden.
However, as the dark net does contain 85%-90% of all information on the Internet, it’s highly unlikely that a little media attention would lead to its undoing.
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