The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld
Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit lies a vast network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits. A world that is as creative and complex as it is dangerous and disturbing. A world that is much closer than you think.
The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the internet today, and of its most innovative and dangero
Jamie Bartlett writes the tech column for The Telegraph which I occasionally read, and I approached his book with interest - I expected it to be an approachable and readable introduction to ...more
If you want to read a book that reveals all the hidden, mysterious secrets of the 'Dark Net', this isn't it. Jamie Bartlett does talk about the 'underground network' - and provides details about the 'Silk Road' website that sells illegal drugs - but most of the sites discussed aren't especially cryptic.
Nevertheless, the author provides an interesting overview of non-mainstream goings on in the cyberworld. In Bartlett's view, the dark net is a place where "users say and do what they like, often ...more
I mention these distinctions because it seems that many re ...more
Boy, am I glad I took that chance. The Dark Net is not mindblowing, but for someone like me who didn't know 90% of what was in the book this was riveting material. His explorations of the different political factions, internet history, internet terrorist propaganda, child pornography, drug marke ...more
Normally I avoid books by journalists writing ...more
If, on the other hand, you know what pro-ana/pro-mia, rickrolling, and /b/ are, there's not much here that's terribly new. There are still great snippets from interviews here and there, but overall that crowd will find this more entertaining than informative or enlightening. I, for one, was expecting an ...more
And it isn't nice.
As he wades through the nastiest parts of the internet, he writes about trolls, the availability of illegal drugs from Silk Road, legal and illegal pornography and the use of TOR for anonymity. He meets extremists, attends a cam show ...more
This quote from the book sums up how I felt about it:
"The dark net is not black and white: it is confusing shades of gray."
I went into this book thinking -- much as the author did when researching it -- that there would be a very firm moral stance, good vs. evil. But there is no easy out here -- even the most black and white subjects on the surface turn out to be far more nuanced than expected. And, like the author, I had more questions after reading this book than before I started.
Some chapters ...more
Many of the sites and communities Bartlett describes aren't actually on the dark web--that is, intentionally hidden sites that require a special browser to access. Rather, they are sites that most people (hopefully ...more
Basically, what you lear ...more
The book argues quite ...more
"When I first started writing this book, I had in mind something of an expose. That I would lift the lid on the seedy underbelly of hidden internet subcultures, revealing the dangers of life online. I was prepared (maybe I even hoped?) to be indignant and outraged. I imagined this book would conclude with a series of very clear moral declarations: drug market places are unequivocally dangerous. Suicide forums are indisputably harmful. Neo-Nazis are evil. Convicted child sex o ...more
Should have been called "People Being Naughty Online". Chapters include: sex cam workers, pro anorexia/eating disorder communities, self harm communities. The guys "Dark Net" experience is that he was able to connect to a marketplace via Tor and order marijuana. Regular news reports after the Dread Pirate Roberts/Silk Road raid include more interesting dark net information than this...
The actual chapters were:
1. A history of flaming and trolling going back to Arpanet, including the pract ...more
The invention of non- ...more
At the end, Bartlett comes to the rather obvious conclusion that the Internet is a reflection of ourselves; a tool that can be used for good or ill.
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In 2013, he covered the rise of Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement in Italy for Demos, chronicling the new political force's emergence and use of social media.
In 2014, he released The Dark Net, discussing the darknet and ...more