When I found out about Tor and the deep web, I immediately got excited. Not only was I free from the prying gaze of the authorities, there was also a whole new world of uncensored web for me to discover. However, instead of some Situationist Northwest Passage, what I actually found was a bunch of crappy blogs on conspiracy theories, an anonymous market called the Silk Road (largely used for drugs) and a whooole load of links to child porn that I did not want to go anywhere the fuck near. Also, most of the website addresses – even the halfway legal ones – look like this: 923289sdf71497102sd49723.onion (no joke). Which I found distracting.
I decided that I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing, because after 12 years online, I’m still a mainstream internet n00b. So, I called up Andrew Lewman, who works at the Tor project, to talk about the deep web and what all the evil government meddling might mean.
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