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Dark Web: The Good, Bad and Ugly of This Online Underworld


The dark web is infamous for hosting illegal activities, but there are legitimate uses like combating censorship and protecting individuals

The internet is a vast network of information, but beyond the surface-level web that we all use every day, there lies a hidden world known as the dark web. The initial version of the current dark web first emerged in March 2000 with the introduction of Freenet by Irish student Ian Clarke. Freenet employs a decentralized network of users to enable anonymous online communication. Nonetheless, it was The Onion Router (Tor), a program that was launched on September 20, 2002, that popularized the dark web.

While the dark web has a notorious reputation for hosting illegal activities such as drug trafficking, weapons sales and human trafficking, not everything on the dark web is negative. It also provides a haven for journalists, activists, and individuals seeking anonymity for legitimate reasons. In this article, we will explore the complex and often challenging aspects of the dark we


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