The dark web | Alan Pearce | TEDxBrighton


Translator: Walter Wekkesser
Reviewer: Denise RQ Hello. Alright, deep web.
What is the deep web? Actually, it is the hidden part
of the Internet; I could go into more detail,
no time, but let’s just say – but actually is as dull as
dishwater, most of it – the hidden part of the Internet
is the kind of place where if you want to be anonymous,
you most certainly can, but, in many ways,
we are looking at a parallel universe, we are looking at an alternative Internet, a place where people
communicate secretly and securely away from the prying eyes of governments. At this level of the deep web, we are looking at a mirror image
of the regular Internet, the surface web. You have got websites and bulletin boards, you’ve got clones of Twitter and Facebook,
and all the rest of the things that you would normally expect
from the Internet. So, who is using this stuff? Well, actually, all sorts of people: journalists and activists,
aid workers and dissidents, whistle-blowers and free-speech advocates,
criminals and spies, all sorts of people use deep web tools
to be anonymous on the Internet. How do they do that? I will show you
some of the things that they do, but I would like
to propose that we all start to think about learning
some of the secrets of the deep web, the black arts, if you will, to try and solve some of the problems
of the Internet today. And the way I see it, the Internet is facing three main threats. Threat number one,
you might call it ‘the NSA phantom.’ We have all seen and read
the Edward Snowden’s revelations. We all know we’ve been monitored
all of the time. This, ultimately, is going to have
a terrible effect on the Internet, and it might get to the point where people
are frightened to speak openly, rather like North Korea
or the old East Germany, where the phones were tapped,
or people were followed in the street, or their mail was intercepted. Here is a fun thing you can try at home: next time you send
an e-mail to your mom, say, include the words ‘bomb,’
‘kill,’ ‘Obama,’ ‘Thursday,’ and let’s see how long it takes them
to come and get you and your mom. (Laughter) You can find my e-mail address,
please get in touch because I’d like to know what happens. Did the SWAT team come
and kick your door down? Did you find yourself
on an airline no-fly list? Or did nothing happen? Or so you think. Because I actually think
by monitoring us, the public at large, they are missing the point,
they are barking up the wrong tree, they are looking in the wrong place. Because no terrorist worth their salt
is going to give anything away in an e-mail or on the phone. Osama Bin Laden
did not have a Facebook page (Laughter) and he never twitted his friends. So, you have to ask,
why they are monitoring us all? I think they do it
simply because they can. Every government would want to know
what its people are saying and thinking. After all, information is power. So, bear that in mind
next time there is a terrorist event, like the appalling murder
in Woolwich, South London, last year of Fusilier Lee Rigby. As quick as a flash, the government
used that as an opportunity to say: “We need to monitor the public at large.”
“We need more monitoring.” But, correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t think
there was any evidence to suggest that the perpetrators
of this appalling crime actually discussed their intentions
on e-mail, or Facebook, or Twitter. And when it comes down to it, the bad guys
have a wealth of possibilities when they want to communicate secretly. One thing a lot of people do, they communicate inside
their fantasy worlds: places like ‘World of warcraft’
and ‘Second life’ which in a sense makes them deep web. Now, it’s very easy to have a private conversation
with someone like in ‘Second life.’ All you have to do is slide up
to somebody on a park bench there and have a nice, quiet conversation. How does anybody know you are doing this? Probably they don’t. And for all anybody knows, the Islamic State or ISIS may be lurking
down in ‘My little pony’ world. (Laughter) “Hi, Applejack,
what are you up to today?” “Hiya! I’m really busy. I’m going to kill the President
with a big bomb at four o’clock at the Convention Center.” Snowden does tell us they can see inside these things,
inside these secret fantasy worlds, but are they really monitoring
the conversations of 7-year-old girls? And even if they are, so what? You can talk in code,
you don’t have to say ‘President,’ you could say ‘big cheese’ or whatever. How would they know? Because they don’t. So I say that by monitoring us all,
they are wasting their time. And what are we actually achieving
by doing all this? We are destroying the freedom
that the Internet originally promised. So that’s threat number one. Threat number two:
rampant commercialization. If we are not careful, we are heading
towards a two-tiered Internet, a nice, superfast Internet
for those who can pay, and a kind of rubbishy one
for those who can’t, and it is called
“the end of net neutrality.” Once upon a time, there were hundreds
of small oil companies drilling for oil, and then, in time,
they all got taken over by the big boys. And now, the oil business is in the hands
of a few ultrapowerful corporations. And if we are not careful,
this is the way the Internet’s going. Instead of an information superhighway we are going to be looking
at an expensive toll road, we are going to be looking
at the pay-TV model. And even if you think
something’s free, it invariably isn’t. And it’s true when they say: “If you are not paying,
you are the product.” A quick example would be
you got a Gmail account a nice, free e-mail account
– thank you very much – but the thing is they are combing
for everything you send and receive, looking for keywords
so they can bombard you with advertising. Sometimes, this is very helpful, I guess. You may e-mail a friend
and say: “I’ll meet you in Venice,” and the next thing you know,
you’ve been bombarded with ads for cheap flights to Venice,
and hotels, and all the rest of it. Or maybe, just once, just once, mind you, you look up the symptoms of hemorrhoids and then, for the rest of life,
they never let you forget it. (Laughter) So we have to say: do we really want
these ultrapowerful corporations know every tiny, little thing about us
and store it all in databases, so they can better harvest this for cash? Because that’s the way
the Internet’s going. Threat number three: criminals and sickos. The streets are safe today because so many criminals
have migrated to digital where they can carry out their crimes
in the comfort of their own living rooms. Con artists, confidence tricksters,
they are online too, they talk about heart strings
on dating sites, they offer us amazing bargains and they are even capable
of pretending to be us in a crisis and getting our friends to send
money thinking we are in trouble. This happened to a friend
of mine last week. This is really scary, and it has happened
to everybody one way or another people are getting these sorts of e-mails. You could also say that the other major threat
are the stalkers and the trolls. Today, stalkers
don’t have to hide in the bushes. Now, they can sip a latte at Caffè Nero and monitor multiple victims
in real time on the free WiFi. This is the rather aptly named
“Cree. py” surveillance tool. You can download it for free. And it allows you to keep closed tabs
on any active Twitter and Facebook user. This is my daughter Rebecca’s
recent trip to Rome. I can see everywhere she has been,
pretty much what she has been up to. Mostly, she has taken photographs of food. You can move it up a notch because most stalkers today
have a wealth of possibilities, for 30 pounds – 50 dollars – you can get a phone tracking package allowing the stalker to follow
their victim’s GPS signal, to listen to all their conversations, and even to turn on
a camera or a microphone. You really don’t want to make
any enemies in the digital world, not when reputation
destruction is all too easy and suicides are all too common. Say hello to Rent-A-Hacker. You can find him down
on the Tor hidden network. For 50 euros, he would just screw
with somebody for you. For 200 euros, he’d get the passwords. For 400 euros, he can bankrupt somebody. Destroying a life cost a little bit more. For 500 euros, Rent-A-Hacker
will stuff a target’s computer full of images of child sexual abuse
and then tip off to the police. So, believe me when I say:
the Internet’s a very dangerous place. But we can move from the deep web. We can all learn to be anonymous
when we choose to be. If they don’t know
who we are or where we are, they can’t spy on us,
they can’t bombard us with ads, and they can’t stalk us and do us harm. So, what we could do, as a beginning, is to wean ourselves off
products like Gmail. I would talk more about
the things that are available; so many new products today. This is a free e-mail service
from Iceland. It’s really cool, very secure,
no one is going to comb for it for ads or the rest of it. If you don’t like to be – If you don’t like being followed online, by whoever, the state, criminals,
corporations, all the rest of it, you can just put a free add-on
to your browser, it’s a doddle. Better yet, you see, Tor Firefox browser. You can download this for free, it allows you to travel
directly Internet, incognito, and to visit the dark side too. All you need to do is to type
‘Tor Firefox’ into a search engine, follow your on-screen instructions,
and hit press there. You can seriously be anonymous online. Back in the ’70s, people worried
that TV was bad for you. They said,
“TV is rotting people’s brains.” Some people got so upset they made
this film ‘Network,’ starring Peter Finch as a crusty, old news anchor
who sees the light. It doesn’t have any answers, it just wants people
to wake up and get mad. Sadly, I’m not allowed to play a clip
from the film for copyright reasons due to the Internet. So, I want you to imagine Peter Finch
really, really angry shouting: “I’m as mad as hell,
and I’m not going to take this anymore.” “I’m as mad as hell,
and I’m not going to take this anymore.” We should all be doing this. We should all be saying: “I’m as mad as hell at all the spying,
at the commercial takeover, and all the criminals
and sickos around to get us.” In the film, they’re just worried
that TV is rotting people’s brains; that’s nothing. This is far more serious. We are looking at the end
of the Internet as we know it because the Internet is being taken over
by all the wrong people. But we can do something about it,
we can all go deep web. It is not a place, it is a state
of mind, a way of being. Simply by masking our activities, we can prevent people monitoring us,
following us, doing us harm. I say, it’s time we woke up
to the threats towards the Internet, it’s time we stood up
and do something about it, it’s time we stood up
and took back the Internet, and it’s time we said: “I’m as mad as hell,
and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Ladies and gentlemen, thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “The dark web | Alan Pearce | TEDxBrighton

  1. Awesome!
    This information shared in this 13min. Clip is pricless! I'm saving this clip 2download an app or 2.
    Thanks So very much!🤐💓🙏🛠💓😆

  2. i restarted the video several times and since every time there is an add, it is interesting that most adds are from google, the company dedicated to the destruction of privacy and anonymity.

  3. Here in 2019, net neutrality is dead and there's ads covering 50% or more of each webpage I visit without an ad blocker.

  4. Yes we have to be careful but… Ads, whatever, I cannot and don't need to buy that stuff? Let them send, don't buy! Criminals: I don't have much money to steal. Stalkers.. mm, again just be careful who you trust.
    I don't see too much problems.
    If you want incognito, don't go on internet 🙂

  5. If you hold a speak about something, please read the wikipedia article. The deep web is everything that's not listed in f.e. Google. That includes private social media profile, where only your followers can see your content. There is no anonymity just because of the deep web. The anonymity comes from services that offer a deep web function. The rest he is talking about is also with way too few knowledge (like watching conversations) to hold a speak. He was out of breath because he was out of knowledge.

  6. The creepiest thing ever: I was just looking at nice pictures of venice, für the background of my phone, when he mentioned about us beeing monitored and bombarded with adverts 😂 as in he knew i was just googling venice and wanted to make me living proof 😱😂

  7. Yeah…nice messege but badly delivered. Saying you should Project yourself on the Internet is just Common sence nowadays.
    Saying that everyone is Out to get you is the wrong way to deliver that Idea.

  8. Do ppl think that there looked at as an intelligent person by pausing to smack their lips & doing certain gestures haha lamee

  9. The main problem with maintaining security of communications on the internet internet was that 'searches' and communications were/are text based. I think this issue will largely disappear over the next few years with further development of applications like Face Time and Skype, where conversations will be securely encrypted at each end. Just thirty two characters form the basis of ASCII code and governments have become experts at decrypting 'secret' text messages since the early days of WWII. Decoding digitally scrambled sound and video messages will be a whole different ball-game. The introduction of holographic communications will create data overheads so large it will be impossible to efficiently and usefully decrypted for information gathering and covert monitoring.

  10. just be careful if you actually go to the deepest you can go, if you're looking for trouble you can easily find it and that can lead to viruses really fast

  11. The people who code Tor at this point couldn't be more disassociated with the current corrupt government, and couldn't be more anti-police-state. An experienced hacker offered me his service through the deep web. Ever since I have been finding unsual way around everything tech.
    This hacker executed various tasks for me based on Web ( HTML, PHP, SQL, APACHE), C/C++, Assemble, Delphi, 0day Exploits, highly persornalized Trojans and boots and DDoS. You can hire him for any kind of website hacks, phone hack or phone spying, email hacks and credit card/bank hacks. All you need is to be discrete and text his email
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  12. This should've been titled the deep web instead of the dark web. But other than that, a great talk!

  13. We not think bad things for them, but they should respond to our problems!
    If not is simply common sense just tell us OK I am done I can't respond to everyone that is it!
    So we can try different options try getting better and help people!
    I am not negative person at all!
    And do really want to crak down what is going on in the back ground!?
    Cuz base on my observation on peoples life and my life status.
    Things are very disturbing!
    And emagen I put only common sense, so I can see only 1% of everything.
    Emagen what is really going on!

  14. No it's, computer built hackers,,,, it's iligal

    It's not parallel
    It's no part
    It's not in

    It's outside. Attsck, example denmark

    It's crimminel

    No it's no, political, activist, news6

    It's nsa, no. Asange was. Misguided as most spy are

  15. Around here, …. Netstalking
    Einterteinmemt

    Moopster

    Then Einterteinmemt, make it look as dep net nolonger hacked
    But hacked, new account, new equipment, new cpr, jr, Scholls

  16. There have been terrorists who mailed how to make a bomb with to south eastern countries. The guy wanted to blast new york subway but was caught finally.

  17. I know that a lot of people are making wisecracks about this guy breathing so hard but he could have heart trouble. Or he could be really nervous.

  18. "the streets are safe today" what world does he live in? The protected world of gated communities and body guards? I just love ivory towered indiviuals protected in their gilded cages

  19. I wished a huge EMP would blast the world and disable all devices and wished we was back in the days we didn't have technology all it is doing is making it easy for the government to spy on everyone, but yet like right now the USA is mad at china phone companies for spying on government officials, but yet it is ok to spy on its citizens😒

  20. Just because you make it on a Ted Talk does not mean you necessarily have any idea what you are talking about.

    Because people crazy enough to commit these crimes are so intelligent right? They don't suffer from mental or emotional disorders, and their judgement is completely sound. They don't often telegraph their intentions on their FB page, activist web sites, threatening phone calls, or prior behavior, from miles away All The Time.

    Being discredited on even this one critical point which was his big opener is probably about as far as I need to go. Thank you and good night.

  21. i have to say its good to have duckduckgo, atleast now i can check out the christchurch manifesto and video. cant do that with google

  22. Focuses talk on forced advertising and invasion of privacy and then promotes the platform the criminals use which would make them stronger 🤔 makes sense.

  23. YouTube:
    2014.. No
    2015.. No, dude
    2016.. Comeon buddy, no
    2017.. I said NO!
    2018: Well no, but actually yes
    2019: YES, YES, YES

  24. for all the breathing comments, i think its charming. He seems as if hes on a light jog whilst maintaining the ability to casually inform us all of the potentially dangerous future of the internet. That aside, this was really informative and now im thinking more about plans to prevent future collapses from happening in many areas of my life.

  25. Seems most "events" that end with intrusive laws, happen alongside "drills" that mimic the actual events. Look at most of them and theres almost always a similar drill happening. Why? Maybe these things are staged as an excuse to bring these laws in.

  26. I realized this guy keep breathing almost at each word and sound like he is sick but he just attend the talk to share his story to audience. I hope that man is fine but if he is sick, I hope he is well.

  27. meanwhile, i cant decide do i want to watch TED talk, white boy rap( hes a genius), UFC recap or Jordan Peterson lecture…

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