Some useful perspective on myths about the “Dark Web”:
So What the Hell Is the Dark Web?
Of course, there is a technological space called the dark web, where
the servers of websites are hidden behind a veil of cryptography, and
users also enjoy strong anonymity protections. But that space is nothing
like the fairy tale that has been concocted around it; that of a
colossal ocean of digital stores selling exclusive products, where
criminals are free from prosecution. That characterization is not true.
Instead, the dark web is a small collection of sites that reflect the limited number of good, bad, and downright weird humans that use it. Doctors can give impartial advice to drug users, who come out of the woodwork because of the anonymity awarded to them by Tor; Chinese citizens can discuss whatever they like and circumvent The Great Firewall, and, yes, the dark web is also used to host some seriously depraved sites, such as extreme pornography. At the moment, the space is probably used mostly for criminal purposes, but its relevance to the world of cybercrime and other domains has been grossly exaggerated.
Looking beyond the scaremongering, however, the dark web actually has promise. In essence, it’s the World Wide Web as it was originally envisioned: a space beyond the control of individual states, where ideas
can be exchanged freely without fear of being censored. As countries continue to crack down on the web, its dark counterpart is only going to become more relevant as a place to discuss and connect with each other. We shouldn’t let the myth of the dark web ruin that potential.