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Andrew Smith
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Put together as a podcast series, I listened to this as a freebie offering from Audible. It’s written and presented by Geoff White, a British investigative journalist working in the technology field, and it delves into the hidden dark side of the internet: who uses it and for what purpose.

The Dark Web is essentially an area of the internet, accessible via a non-standard browser, that offers anonymity to users. There’s no Google style search engine, instead you have to know specific site
Pamela Scott

I really enjoyed The Dark Web.

I found the podcasts interesting and informative. I know of the dark web and cyber-crime but just in passing, I’ve never used the dark web (would not have a clue how to) and never looked into this extensively.

Some interesting debates and questions were raised each episode.

How dangerous is the dark web?
Should people be allowed to use sites such as Tor to hide their identity online?
How much of the dark web is used and
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another free audible original audio book.

This is all about the dark web, as the name suggests. It's broken into 10 or so 30 minute chapters which discuss a different aspect of the dark web.

Topics discovered included; porn, bitcoin, firearms and drugs (obvious trigger warnings)

It was really interesting and fascinating. I learnt somethings I didn't know before like the origins of the dark web and bitcoin.

It was a great quick listen but it definitely made me question how safe I am online
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Great introductory series.
Aishling Murphy
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a shocking audio book, but t gives you such an insight into The dark Web and how so many use it today. How an under world of crime, drug pedophiles work and the people that hack into our computers and world business.. totally enjoyed this audio book well worth a listen. You will be shocked at what is happening right now.
Atif Shaikh
A great free audible title that touches many aspects of the dark web.
Particularly disturbing were chapters on ransom ware and child abuse. There are other more detailed documentaries out there though.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fairly brief but excellent insight to the dark web!
Nina The Fussy Reader
We all use the internet - we're using it right now - but do we really know what we're using? Can we really trust that we're safe?

We all love the internet for various reasons, but the sad truth is this: the internet is safe only until it's not. The internet is that friend that we've all been hurt by at some time or other. We want to put our trust in it and believe it won't hurt us again but with so many viruses and malware out there, let's face it, it's only a matter of time until it betrays our
Chris Hamilton
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really enjoyed listening to this one! I found it very fascinating and liked that they moved around so many topics, but all of them circling back to the main theme. This was by far my favorite Audible Originals series and hope the make a season two one of these days. I like how it talked about the good and bad sides of the dark web and the narrator journalist was very good through the entire series. I wish they could have focused more on the good side of it to even it out a bit, with some ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
After watching the movie: Unfriend: Dark Web, I would like to know more about the dark a secure way. Then I found this audiobook on Audible: The Dark Web, by Geoff White, Bernard P. Achampong, which I think is the best non-fiction book about the dark web. The writer, Geoff White, a tech writer and broadcaster, who reveals a vivid underworld of the internet with the solid investigations. You can literally hear the interview with real hackers and drug dealers, gun runners and police on an ...more
Kevin Potter
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not what I would call a deep dive into the dark web, but for a layman such as myself it is very informative.

There are many pieces of interviews that I wish had included more, and a lot of depth I would have liked to see.

However, I understand the need to keep much of it vague as the last thing you want to do with a program like this is show people how to get to the darker places in the dark web.

Before listening to this, I knew the dark web was a terrifying place where awful business is
Steph H
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
An interesting short documentary series about a subject I knew little about. I wouldn't say that I'm now an expert in any sense of the word, however I do feel I have a better grasp of what the dark web is and what it isn't. The history behind it is fascinating and the way that it is used now is also very interesting. A good listen and really quite well done.

I'd have been happier if it had been a little longer with some subjects clever into a bit deeper, but overall quite good.
Fahim Sachedina
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very insightful read on The Dark Web - I didn't have a complete understanding of some of the concepts (specifically of the "Silk Road" and Tor) but this was a great introduction to learn about some of the foundational pieces which led to the Dark Web.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book (as well as the last chapter (which was more of a podcast/forum with a group of individuals with differing opinions on The Dark Web and the future).
Ernesto I. Ramirez
Interesting analysis and an essay about the Dark Web, but I do believe the reporter is biased from the beginning and directs not only his study but his conclusion toward something he already believes. Among other things, this is shown in the drama at the beginning of every episode, which is very alarming and focused toward the worst possible image.

Still, it's very informative if you listen intently.
michelle wardle
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was definitely an eye opener and also a confirmation of what was suspected I guess. I really enjoyed the insight which broadened my novice idea about the web and what it can achieve. Also the damage it can inflict even with malware. There is always someone out there more intelligent than the last programmer or hacker. Amazing!
Nya Thryce
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Journalist exploration of dark web topics. You won't learn how to do all the 'things'. But you get some great insights on some of the events and processes of activities that may go on accessing the dark web. This leads me to contemplate about white hat vs black hat hackers.. and for that matter the fringe area that grey hat hackers may have to wrestle with from time to time.
Bret Hann
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well written detail of what is actually meant by the term "The Dark Web". Its concise and gives an excellent lay person description of what its about. Then goes on to detail the story of Ross Ulbricht and The Silk Road website.
Easy to read, enjoyed the story and the info.
Louise Carter
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good over all view of the dark web and points out that it is being used for more than just horrible things. It was full of incite into what goes on in the dark web and how it is just a small part of the whole picture.
Emma Dargue
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing and at some points disturbing look at something i didnt know a lot about previously the dark web. Covering topics from trolling to investigating abuse this series looks at the darker side of life on the internet.
I am not sure what audience this was aimed at given the proliferation of articles, documentaries and books on the subject matter. This feels like an evening course that someone with no knowledge of the subject would be interested in. Huge potential - but poor execution.
This was an audio book I really enjoyed it and learned some insights about the dark web although I have a pretty good knowledge about it already.

I recommend it to anyone who wants a deeper insight into the dark web.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really good book, or an eye-opener to me. It touches a lot of philosophical questions. Essentially why do people want unidentified, what is the difference in behavior between with and without a mask? Maybe we will never be able to answer.
Jorge Barbosa
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent intro for beginners in the tech of web and crypto
Rachel Langhill
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was like crack. I couldn't get enough.
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very informative, never knew about Pedophiles using photos from social media sites.
Kat (Why Read)
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing and throughly entertaining.
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
This was an informative and good listen, I found it very interesting.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting but dry
Blue Turtle
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was super interesting! Highly recommend for a free short audiobook series!
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting, but quite thin on detail and examples.
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