dear 1998,

the year is 2018 and a combination of william gibson novels and the movie Hackers have more or less come to pass

dear 1998,

anti-capitalist loteks developed a genre of music that sounds like a broken radio in a rotting deadmall and honestly it's pretty cool

youtube.com/watch?v=qzj4gHuH2L

dear 1998,

most voting systems in the united states have been digitized though despite years and years of sounding infosec alarms they remain so hackable that we keep finding weird music files in their source code

dear 1998,

we have turned the internet into one of the largest repositories of human knowledge and expression in history but we have also paywalled the shit out of it. people have been killed attempting to liberate this data while other artifacts have been barred from distribution entirely because our legal systems can't decide who should profit from the works of the dead

dear 1998,

separatists have held secession referendums in what have been called illegal elections. they distributed voting materials over the darkweb which have since been labeled illegal numbers.

point of order: wtf is the darkweb besides a buzzword?

@garbados Any place on the internet that search engines don't index. So TOR, but also unlisted Facebook groups, certain types of forums, JSTOR, university databases....

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I thought the difference was darkweb = not accessible except by special means (onion) and deep web = unlisted http(s) sites, like private fb groups, anything that requires a login to access, etc
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Based on these definitions, I guess so? Dat isn't scary though. It's more like the party web.

I think there's also an association with security/privacy with the dark web, like it's the upside down and no one knows who's actually on it or whatever.
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I can only think of two situations where knowing the difference matters. The one we're in, and for writing some fiction with characters in the situation we're in. Dat alone makes it more ambiguous, zeronet is prolly dark tho

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