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TV Goodness Teaser: EPIX’s Deep Web 

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What is the deep web? How can you get on the dark net? Have you ever used cryptocurrency to purchase anything online?

Deep Web chronicles one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century — the October 2013 arrest of Ross William Ulbricht — and will feature exclusive interviews with the Ulbricht family including Ross’ parents Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht, who have become public advocates for digital rights and due process. Ulbricht, the 30-year-old entrepreneur alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts” — founder of Silk Road, the notorious online black market best known for drug trafficking, is currently on trial in New York. Deep Web explores the inside story of the investigation and unveils how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology. The film also brings into question an individual’s rights to Internet Freedom.

Deep Web Glossary of Terms:

  • Deep Web– the vast section of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines, including password-protected or dynamic pages and encrypted networks.
  • Dark Net– a section of the deep web that is inhabited by various entities who desire to communicate anonymously.
  • Cryptocurrency– a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank (eg. Bitcoin).
  • Dread Pirate Roberts– the online pseudonym of the creator and manager of the online marketplace Silk Road.
  • Silk Road– an online black market that allowed users to browse anonymously and securely without potential traffic monitoring.
  • Surface Web (or Clear Net)– portion of the World Wide Web that is available to the general public, and for indexing by a search engine.
  • Tor– a free software and an open network that helps you defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security (only way into the dark net).
  • Tor Hidden Services– a tor-based function within the dark net that serves as an alternate Internet, with URL’s ending in .onion as opposed to .com or .net.

Synopsis, from EPIX:

Deep Web tells the behind-the-scenes story of the un-indexed, often intentionally hidden content that accounts for at least 96% of the World Wide Web, focusing on digital currency Bitcoin and online black market Silk Road. Central to the film are looks at the rise of Bitcoin, the fastest growing currency in the world, which is not controlled by any government, regulating body or financial institution, and the arrest of Ross William Ubricht, the entrepreneur who is alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts.” Deep Web will feature exclusive interviews with the chief architects of both the Silk Road and the new black markets, as well as exclusive interviews with Lyn Ulbricht, in her first public statements on her son’s arrest and Joshua Dratel, Ubricht ‘s defense attorney. Other interviewees include Gavin Andresen, chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation; and Andrew Lewman, the Executive Director of Tor, a suite of tools that allows users to access content on the internet anonymously.

Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road premieres in Spring 2015 on EPIX.

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  1. Deep Web

    To a newbie just discovering the deep web and the hidden wiki (which isn’t all that “hidden”) it does at first glance seem to contain some possibly dark links. However, a deeper investigation into these alleged hearts of darkness rumored to contain real illegal drugs and weapons smuggling, pedophilia, torture, murder, hitmen for hire, cannibalism, human trafficing, satanic cults, and government files on stuff like UFOs/aliens/area51/illuminati conspiracies, are at long last revealed to be mostly FBI STING operations, scammers, or hoaxes. Most of the really dark and maddening material does not exist at all except on Redit, Creepypasta and YouTube (we all know just how unreliable those sources can be). As for the rest though, other than a bunch of down and broken links with weird names, there is absolutely no proof or validity to any of these ridiculous claims about ” dark web”. And as for TOR, don’t be lured into a false sense of security just because it uses a flashy word such as “anonymity”. The deep web is plastered with multiple legal warnings clearly stating that any and all traffic and activities on the deep web are monitored and traced 24/7 by FBI and other government agencies. Even other online apps you utilize are monitored once you download TOR, so it is just the opposite of anonymity, it opens you up to constant scrutiny by the government. As for drug and weapon sites on the deep web, they have all been busted and site owners arrested and then reopened later under slightly different names and are yet to be shut down even with the FBI’s prying eyes meaning those sites are probably nothing more than STING operations setup to catch petty criminals who think they are safe because they’re drug heads who can’t think properly because they’re so fried already. Others are just naive idiots who want to see some sick garbage or purchase something illegal and don’t think they can be busted because it hasn’t happened yet and because TOR promised anonymity regardless of the fact it was the government who created the entire thing to begin with. So yeah, been there, explored, and came to the conclusion that it is all BS people. My advice is don’t be so naive to believe everything you see, hear, or read on the internet people.

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