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We saw a documentary the other day on The Dark Web - very scary, but also interesting. I wouldn't go there, not interested, but the documentary was enlightening.
I heard someone say the net is like an iceburg. You have the top, which are your "good" sites, (like this one 😉 and facebook, etc, then your sleazy, lower ones, like porn and S&M or whatever type things that consenting adults are into, and then you have your below water, dark net sights. The stuff there is awful . . . killing for hire, child porn, snuff videos, etc, etc, deranged and creepy. It's like, even for curiosity, I wouldn't look. Not that there's anything wrong with looking, but I wouldn't. Same as in bookstores, you can buy the Satanic Bible, and I wouldn't even look at it. Even in Barns & Nobel, or Chapters (our big book chain here) I don't. It gives me the creeps. But it's in there. (Freedom of Speech) That being said, a while back this horrible killer wrote a tell-all book from jail. Paul Bernardo (Canadian) horrible, horrible, killed two innocent young girls, (15) tortured them, kept them for a week, him and his wife. Very famous case here, made it on Law and Order too. He was upscale, an accountant, and she was a vet tech. She gave info on him for a deal with the district attorney, but then turned out the police didn't need her testimony, because later they found video tapes hidden in the lights of the murders. These killings had the country in arms. With her, (Karla Homolka) every one said it was a deal with the Devil. She served I'm not sure how many years in jail (10?) and while there got her degree (which we paid for) and lived in a cozy cell with tv, etc. Makes me sick. So, anyway, he writes a book from jail and publishes in on Amazon in the self-publish section. So many people (me included) protested, that they yanked it right off. I felt good about that, to hell with his freedom of anything. So I was wondering, are we better off with the Internet? In some ways, yes, but in other ways, I wonder. We were without for a few days because our cable was down, and I got so much work done!
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I'm fascinated by that stuff, too, from a human psychology perspective - who does it attract and why is it so popular? What needs does it serve? I wouldn't look, either, and probably couldn't even watch the documentary... but I'm still intrigued. As for the internet - yeah, I wonder, too. I miss the days of waiting for a letter.
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I do not want to peek into that darkness. Why do people go that far? Some of us must have strange needs and desires. The web we surf on a daily basis is full of crap. Just like the oceans. I find it harder and harder to find decent information on any topic.
Sometimes, it is convenient, because you can order stuff online without having to leave the house. Today I ordered ink cartridges, VM music and a book for example. People meet each other through dating sites... Not all of it is bad. __________________ “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.” Milan Kundera. http://borntolisten.com
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The dark web is everything you have mentioned, Michele, but it is so much more.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_web SEE BELOW.
A December 2014 study by Gareth Owen from the
University of Portsmouth found that the most commonly hosted type of content on Tor was child pornography, followed by black markets, while the individual sites with the highest traffic were dedicated to botnet operations (see attached metric). Many  whistleblowing sites maintain a presence as well as political discussion forums.  Sites associated with  Bitcoin, fraud related services and mail order services are some of the most prolific. To counter the trend of controversial content, the  artist collectiveCybertwee held a bake sale on an onion site.  The Dark Web comprises only 3% of the traffic in the Tor network. In July 2017, Roger Dingledine, one of the three founders of the Tor Project, said that Facebook is the biggest hidden service. 
A more recent February 2016 study from researchers at
King's College London gives the following breakdown of content by an alternative category set, highlighting the illicit use of .onion services.  
Although much of the dark web is innocuous, some prosecutors and government agencies, among others, are concerned that it is a haven for
criminal activity. Specialist news sites such as  DeepDotWeb  and  All Things Vice provide news coverage and practical information about dark web sites and services.  The Hidden Wiki and its mirrors and forks hold some of the largest directories of content at any given time.
Popular sources of dark web
.onion links include Pastebin, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit and other Internet forums. Specialist companies with  Darksum and Recorded Future track dark web cybercrime goings on for law enforcement purposes. In 2015 it was announced that  Interpol now offers a dedicated dark web training program featuring technical information on Tor, cybersecurity and simulated darknet market take downs. 
In October 2013 the UK's
National Crime Agency and GCHQ announced the formation of a ' Joint Operations Cell' to focus on cybercrime. In November 2015 this team would be tasked with tackling child exploitation on the dark web as well as other cybercrime.   __________________ And God said "let there be light".
Then General Electric pushed him out of the way and the era of Corporate America was born to rule the universe.
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That's interesting, Ali.
I'm like Nicky, I'm interested in the human condition. Imagine these people who frequent such places --- they could be anyone. Someone you work with or a neighbour . . . Allan looks at this car board, and there are some long-time members there, like here, but it's a much bigger board. He doesn't post that much, but he looks at this and that. Anyway, they were all shocked when a fellow, long-time board member was arrested for child molestation, and is now in jail. Everyone cut ties with him, but they were really stunned. It's a strange place we live in.