The dark web; many of us have heard about it before but never really explored it and see it as something shrouded in mystery and criminal activity. Not always. The dark web is the very definition of complete, anonymous, online freedom. I don’t advise exploring the dark web without taking safety and anonymity precautions because there are things you don’t want to see, and there is activity that is very much considered illegal. Now the tor router (program used to access dark web) is an invention of the U.S. navy, but is now used as a search engine of sorts to remain completely anonymous by scrambling your IP address through many volunteer run servers throughout the world. Everyone sees this as some dark, small, and hidden underworld of the internet when in fact it is easily accessible to the average Joe. Not only that, but it is about 90% of the whole internet. Naturally when people are given complete and total freedom to sell purchase and post about whatever content they feel like, it usually becomes a haven for illicit activity. It also becomes a haven for political activists and people trying to expose the government when they try to sweep things under the rug. One of the most popular instances of this is Edward Snowden, the man who leaked classified NSA documents and now has asylum in Russia because he is one of the FBI’s most wanted. As for what you can find on the dark web, well, the list almost doesn’t end. In fact if you look for the right things you can find some interesting content, and if you look in the wrong place, don’t look in the wrong places. There are many things that may seem far fetched but don’t be mistaken the dark web is a complete free for all with gruesome services and forums such as hitmen for hire, child pornography rings, even blogs of active serial killers and other criminals posting candidly of their heinous crimes. Is the dark web a tool that can be used for justice and keeping the government that controls us in line? Or is it a hive of criminals looking for an easy way to do what they please. You decide.