The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld
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An Independent and New Statesman Book of the Year
Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit—a world of Google, Facebook, and Twitter—lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities, and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, and where people can be anyone, or do anything, they want. This is the world of Bitcoin and Silk Road, of radicalism and pornography. This is the Dark Net.
In this important and revealing book, Jamie Bartlett takes us deep into the digital underworld and presents an extraordinary look at the internet we don't know. Beginning with the rise of the internet and the conflicts and battles that defined its early years, Bartlett reports on trolls, pornographers, drug dealers, hackers, political extremists, Bitcoin programmers, and vigilantes—and puts a human face on those who have many reasons to stay anonymous.
Rich with historical research and revelatory reporting, The Dark Net is an unprecedented, eye-opening look at a world that doesn't want to be known.
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be declared the winner.” Twenty thousand had already signed up. * (That data is disputed: these illegal pornography sites themselves only account for 2 percent of the 45,000–60,000 sites available through Tor, and “traffic” also refers not only to individuals but to automated “bots,” DDOS attacks, and law enforcement officers who monitor the sites.) † Not his real name. ‡ Which has since been taken offline and at the time of writing is currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
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