Why US Government Funds Dark Web?

Why US Government Funds Dark Web?


The dark web is known as the go-to place online
for anybody wanting to buy illicit goods. This hidden corner of the internet has an
infamous reputation for hosting marketplaces that sell everything from guns and drugs to
fake currency and forged ID documents. But it turns out that the US government is
also financing the main route in. Today’s we will discuss why the US government
is using taxpayers money to fund the dark web? But first be sure, hit the like button and
subscribe So There are three layers to the web: the
surface web is the most obvious one that we’re all familiar with. These are the sites that are indexed – which
means that they show up on searches via the likes of Yahoo, Google or DuckDuckGo. The second level is the deep web: again, sites
we can all access but with specific addresses and login credentials. Think internet banking or medical records. The dark web (or dark net) sits separately
to that – it’s a collection of websites that are totally hidden to all except those
who know what they’re looking for. You also need specialist software. The most common is a highly encrypted browser
called The Onion Router or Tor. And for years, while the likes of the FBI
have been trying (and, in many cases, succeeding) to close down lucrative dark web sites like
the infamous Silk Road, their own Government has been paying for the browser’s development. According to The Guardian, which went through
the Tor Project’s tax filings, the company received some $1.2 million in 2015 (the most
recent records available.) That was down from two years earlier, when
the figure hit $1.8 million. And all while the Department of Defense is
bankrolling attempts to find weaknesses in the software, according to court reports. So why would a Government be funding something
that its own law enforcement is trying to penetrate? Originally, it was created by the U.S. Navy
as a means for intelligence agencies to look at websites in different countries without
being noticed and having their web traffic analyzed and watched. Many times, it would also be used for communicating
with sources in those countries but the Navy needed also to bring others in because if
they were the only ones using it, it would be obvious if they were the only ones communicating
over the dark web. So they tried to mix in other people by opening
it up to the public.. so now activists use it and liberals, advocates for democracy…
those sort of people who would not like to be watched by hostile governments and so,
by mixing in with those different groups, It covers up for the intelligence services. Tor is a valuable service in a number of countries
where free speech is an issue. Some estimates point to around 60 percent
of the dark web’s makeup being for what you might call ‘good use’. But the problem is that by its open nature,
law enforcement can’t control what goes on there. How much exactly the dark web is worth is
anybody’s guess. But that’s by design. Aside from the Tor Project’s tax filings,
most of the content on the dark web is deliberately underground. And the currency of choice is Bitcoin – a
cryptocurrency, which itself is untraceable. Kaycea Campbell is Professor of Economics
at Pierce College in Southern California. She gives it her best guess: “Based on the
shut down of the Silk Road site, that crypto-market which allows people to buy and sell things,
estimates put it at upwards of $1.2 billion – but to be honest, they could be overstated
OR understated. The name ‘darknet’ in itself puts in place
the idea that we just don’t know how much activity is actually taking place there.” So while the U.S. government continues to
fund the gateway into the dark web, it also tries to keep it under control. But the internet is unregulated – and the
dark web even more so. It’s a tough task – and one that will
cost more than a few million dollars a year to really succeed. As a small creator, we are not asking for
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7 thoughts on “Why US Government Funds Dark Web?

  1. Wow dark net is probably really important in authoritarian regimes. Sometimes I forget how hard is free speech in some other countries.

    P.s: more people need to see this

  2. Great video. Tip: pause between sentences and between new sub topics to make you videos more understandable and more professional.

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