- July 22, 2021
- Posted by: Piers
- Category: Posts
The dark web is the hidden collective of internet sites only accessible by a specialized web browser. It is used for keeping internet activity anonymous and private, which can be helpful in both legal and illegal applications. The Tor network or “The Onion Router”, lives on the fringe of the internet and serves as the underlying technology of the dark web—a collection of hidden sites inaccessible via a regular browser and not indexed by search engines such as Google. The Tor browser—a free download—is all you need to unlock this hidden corner of the web where privacy is paramount.
Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, without a central bank or single administrator, that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries. Bitcoins facilitate untraceable purchases on the dark web. A cryptocurrency (or “crypto”) is a digital currency that can be used to buy goods and services but uses an online ledger with strong cryptography to secure online transactions. Much of the interest in these unregulated currencies is to trade for profit, with speculators at times driving prices skyward
The truth about the dark web is that in addition to offering extreme privacy and protection from the surveillance of authoritarian governments, it facilitates a growing underground marketplace. This virtual place is a haven for sophisticated criminals that use it to traffic drugs, steal identities, supply child pornography, and other illicit products and services. And with untraceable cryptocurrency as the primary means of payment, it makes it hard to track and trace them too. The dark web isn’t completely bad, illegal, or dangerous. Whistleblowers, journalists, activists, and law enforcement officers use it.
I was asked to cover a Year 9 lesson on Global Perspectives and to choose something that followed on from the “Impact of ICT”. I thus chose this topic. My Powerpoint slideshow for the lesson is embedded below. For more information, please contact me
The dark web
The dark web is the hidden collective of internet sites only accessible by a specialized web browser.