When 'dark' is not all evil

Tor was developed by the US Navy to protect government communications. It is now widely used to access the Dark Web.
Tor was developed by the US Navy to protect government communications. It is now widely used to access the Dark Web. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The Dark Web is not all about drugs, porn, stolen identities and data. It also plays host to an enormous amount of legal content from research papers to some major newspapers and even social media sites such as Facebook.

People use these parallel sites on the Dark Web primarily because their governments have blocked access to them or because they want to stay anonymous and conceal their physical location and usage from surveillance or traffic analysis.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 05, 2019, with the headline 'When 'dark' is not all evil'. Print Edition | Subscribe