long before eBay or Amazon, students from Stanford University in California and MIT in Massachusetts conducted the first ever ecommerce transaction. Using the "Arpa-net" account at their artificial intelligence lab, the Stanford students sold their counterparts a small amount of marijuana. Ever since, the net has turned over a steady but small trade in illicit narcotics. But last year approximately 20 per cent of UK drug users scored online. The majority of them went to one place: the dark net markets. [more inside]
During their Freedom Hosting
investigation and malware attack last year, the FBI unintentionally obtained the entire e-mail database of popular anonymous webmail service Tor Mail. And now, they've used it in an unrelated investigation to bust a Florida man accused of stealing credit card numbers
. [more inside]
is an instant messaging protocol based upon Tor hidden services
, making it perhaps the only instant messaging protocol with any substantive resistance to traffic analysis
. [more inside]
The "visible web" is what you can find using general web search engines. It's also what you see in almost all subject directories. The "invisible web"
is what you cannot find using these types of tools. It's the internet that Google
doesn't show us; some of it dull, some of it private, some of it deliberately hidden.
More beneath the surface. [more inside]
You cannot guarantee freedom of speech and enforce copyright law.
Freenet is a decentralized censorship resistant p2p distributed network which aims to provide freedom of speech through strong anonymity. By pooling bandwidth and hard drive space (similar to Seti@home)
, users are able to anonymously publish and retrieve any kind of file.
- Interesting articles about what is shaping technology today, and how the industry is playing nice with the government to legislate drm into our lives.
What is the Darknet?
Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Darknet is. Okay, actually, it's a term that some Microsoft computer scientists came up with to refer to all the different ways that internet users can swap copyrighted materials. In a paper they authored
[DOC] for a workshop
on Digital Rights Management (DRM), these engineers predict that the Darknet will grow ever stronger and more efficient while DRM technologies will make legal right holders less
able to compete with Darknet and are ultimately "doomed to failure."