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Pulling Back the Curtain on the Dark Net

April 9, 2018

The majority of internet content – as much as 96 percent – exists beyond the reach of your Google searches in a place known as the “dark net.” This hidden part of the web, which is not indexed by standard search engines and browsers, serves as a haven for criminals and cyberterrorists, but also provides an important tool for democracy activists and journalists. Is it possible to police bad actors without destroying a powerful option for those with legitimate reasons to operate with anonymity? Gabriel Weimann is on the cutting edge of exploring and understanding what lies beneath the surface of the internet. He discusses the many misconceptions about this vast area of digital activity in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Read the full report: Going Darker: The Challenge of Dark Net Terrorism

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