As more people transfer their lives from IRL to online, it might be an awesome idea to get to know the web some more. Most people can count the amount of frequently visited websites on two hands, but how about the rest of it? What about the huge network of coding that creates a depth of multiple dimensions online? Check out this series if you’d like to know more about what the deep web is all about and why you might want to stay updated about it.
What’s so cool about the deep web and why is it even your problem?
As you could read here, the dark web is a pretty interesting place, with tens of thousands of users and many interesting topics being covered. People usually seek out the dark (or deep) web in order to guarantee anonymity, although this is not the end goal for quite a few of them, but rather a tool.
Some fora in the deep web are used for discussing politics, sensitive issues, covering topics which the current freedom of speech and right of expression don’t really support. Although they should. This is always a tricky business, since freedom to discuss topics seriously requires access to data – you know, the most often classified type of data.
“There is so much that people take for granted.”
– Vivienne Westwood
Now, as you surf around your favorite websites, you may think that you’re pretty much anonymous, or that your particular activity isn’t much of anyone’s concern. It’s the classical “I’ve got nothing to hide so please feel free to check me out” case.
This mindset is lovely, yet it’s important to keep in mind that freedom isn’t a given right – this saying is more relevant than ever today. In order to guarantee freedom, you’ve got to demand it and use it to maintain it. As soon as your freedom is compromised, there should be a reaction.
Since every current way of living, every norm, rule, regulation and constitution, is constantly adjusted and reconstructed – the level of consciousness towards where you yourself are in all of this could make your life much easier.
What about international relations and the deep web?
The internet has no national borders – well, at least they’re not as restrictive as those IRL. Even more so, the deep web is definitely free from the borders we are used to and all that they imply – control over movement, selectively categorizing inflow and outflow, registering ID numbers and travel patterns, and other fun things.
Even those who aren’t keen on traveling and exploring new places, or may not have the opportunity to do so, are very much into international relations as soon as they are connected. The nicest part of this is that international relations in its very core, its very basis, do not have restrictions and regulations.
The deep web is thus very much an international dimension highlighting many of the great aspects of communication and discussions between people who do not share cultural, national, religious or any other form of background.
“Sacrificing anonymity may be the next generation’s price for keeping precious liberty, as prior generations paid in blood.”
– Hal Norby
What they share, is the search for debate, the need for expression and pure curiosity. They choose to learn about the deep web in order to be able to communicate with like-minded individuals, and even those who do not share their point of view.
There’s no need for diplomacy and hiding secrets here, only the promise of anonymity.
Which is the other part of international relations. Often, it’s assumed that this is what happens between state representatives or in the modern world, representatives of any organization operating in different parts of the world.
But it all starts with people. It is people who are representatives for themselves first and foremost, and considering the increasing activity on the deep web, we’ve now got a spot where debates are free.
“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”
– Albert Einstein
With this, of course, comes great responsibility and many new awesome opportunities. Since the borders are pretty much lost in the deep web, many aspects of real life that are being taken for granted, is not anymore. Seen from a perspective of opportunities, this way of interacting could balance out the madness of extreme political and religious emphasis, both of which were long insisted upon. Well, up until this very day.
“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass.”
― Christopher Hitchens
As people feel the freedom to express themselves, sharing concerns, theories, ideas and prejudice freely, there’s a huge potential for great outcome. As you know that you’re not being watched, that every step online isn’t being analyzed in some Big Data behavioral pattern study and that the words you write aren’t potentially harming you IRL, imagine the possibilities.
“I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself.”
― Oscar Wilde
Suppressing people of other beliefs and holding other ideas has never in our history been shown to be a good way of handling anything. Quite the opposite. Nothing invites for wars and conflicts as suppressing and neglecting people’s rights to be who they are and live calmly as they wish.
Therefore, the deep web, as unstructured and unknown it may be, could be one of the far best conflict prevention systems currently available.
The mystique of our time – The deep web as a story-teller
Another fascinating aspect of the web and especially the deep web, is how the human preference for stories takes shape. Ever since we know of ourselves as humans, we’ve shared stories with each other so as to teach, laugh, ease up a hard day, intrigue, and scare off potential harmful behaviors.
The mystical aspect of those stories has been present despite our upgraded tools for sharing them. The letter and the written word didn’t remove any of it, nor did the visual sharing of still images and moving photos lead to a decreased need for mystics.
Despite living in separate areas of the world, quite similar stories involving magic, taboos, rituals, myths and divinity have been shared among people. As the deep web emerged in the 2000’s, what happened almost instantaneously was the outburst of stories about what there is to find in this deep web.
In line with stories covering some scary code that nobody has seen but everyone has heard of, the deep web has also been a victim of pretty huge exaggerations in terms of what’s actually out there. As on the surface web (the one where most of us hang out on a regular basis), there’s pretty messed up content to find if you specifically look for it.
on the other hand, people who hang out in the deep web (especially allegedly the dark parts in particular), are describing the fora and data sharing sites as being totally insane, spicing up every word in a sentence to make the whole story sound next to unbelievable, next to madness.
If you’d like to get yourself a few urban legends to go, simply search for “deep web” on Google or any other search engine – it’s entertaining and a much better choice than current reality shows.
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
– H. P. Lovecraft
As it seems, mythology and mystique are here to stay, in all shapes and sizes. The deep web isn’t an exception and as this dimension of the online world is more highlighted to regular people, we’ll see many more new stories and scary legends emerging to entertain our beautiful need for all things mystical.
Did you enjoy this article? If you did, stay tuned for next week as we connect the deep web to international crime and the future of this interesting place! Oh, and read the first one here.