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Dark Web, antisocial side of the Internet

The Internet is famous for its sociality, and the World Wide Web, as the word says, is a web of interconnections. However, the same does not apply to the Dark Web, which is ultimately not the only web, according to the first “mapping” of its interconnections that researchers have attempted.

Their basic finding is that 87% of the “dark” internet sites are absolutely lonely, meaning they have no link to any other site. In fact, this is a network of “dark silos”, isolated from each other. The Internet is a vast and largely invisible place. Below its surface, seen by most users and accessed by search engines such as Google, there is a “Deep Web” that is estimated to be 500 times larger than the visible segment.

This deeper and much less accessible digital content is secured in hidden databases, accessible only by codes. And somewhere in this “deep” internet, there is an even more obscure corner, the “dark” internet, which requires special anonymous navigation programs like Tor. There you can find it from black markets of drugs and fake products, to agents, criminals and all sorts of objectors.

Researchers, led by computer science scientist Virgil Griffith of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, who made the relevant pre-publication on the arXiv website, according to Science, mapped the “dark” internet using a specific algorithm. They found only 7,178 sites linked to another site, with a total of only 25,104 links (websites without any links could not be recorded).

“It is rather strange and I would interpret it that people who create dark sites are rather less social types. The dark internet is not a social mechanism, while the visible internet is, of course, “said Griffith.