Jamie Bartlett: How the mysterious dark net is going mainstream
Jamie Bartlett - Social media analyst
In his book "The Dark Net," Jamie Bartlett investigates Internet subcultures, both legal and illegal. Full bio
Chrome or Firefox --
hidden part of the Internet,
numbers and letters that end in .onion,
with a special browser
a U.S. Naval intelligence project.
by encrypting your IP address
other computers around the world
clever encryption system,
thousand sites that operate there
visited by anonymous users.
that it's a natural place to go
need not be illegal.
commercial hacking services,
interesting, exciting places
although innovation, of course,
the pariahs, the outcasts --
because they have to be.
on the dark net fairly soon.
anyone in this audience would use it
on signing up to one of these sites
you make your choice,
preferably not your home address --
to arrive in the post,
is not because of the clever encryption.
on these sites
to build up a reputation.
to change allegiance whenever they want,
of positive feedback
of competition and choice
the economists would predict.
product quality tends to go up,
of special deals, one-offs,
excellent and consistent marijuana
that's also encrypted, of course.
if I buy just one gram of marijuana?"
I would, too, if I were you."
with just one gram.
English accent, but I assume he did.
of consumer-centric attitude
120,000 pieces of feedback
over a three-month period,
more available, more easily,
that is not a good thing.
if you are going to take drugs,
of purity and quality,
if you're taking drugs.
from the comfort of your own home,
with buying on the streets.
to survive in this marketplace.
that are currently in operation --
they're not always perfect;
was shut down 18 months ago,
over a billion dollars' worth of trade.
in which they are operating,
thinking of ways of getting smarter,
directly back to you.
for real-world currencies
of anonymity to its users.
people noticed a flaw.
were running away with peoples' bitcoin
called multi-signature escrow payments.
that I'd sent it,
could then send the product to me,
engaged in the transaction --
a problem with bitcoin,
in a public ledger.
and work out who's behind them.
their bitcoin into one address,
is sent on to the right recipients,
right now on the dark net markets?
about what the drugs industry is doing?
fair trade organic cocaine.
from Colombian druglords,
20 percent of any profits
about the morality of these sites --
actually an easy question --
competitive, anonymous markets,
by the authorities,
of what is to come.
changed many times
as a military project,
to an academic network,
companies in the '90s,
via social media in the noughties,
like the dark net markets --
about our privacy.
concerns about privacy.
the more we worry about them,
our worries are growing.
what happens to our data.
who might be watching us.
in the number of people
and three million daily users
is perfectly legitimate,
around the world
to keep you private online --
which tries to link up
of millions of computers around the world,
that no one really controls.
computing before, of course.
to the search for extraterrestrial life.
and powerful encryption --
to censor and control.
works on similar principles.
and so on and so on.
a den for dealers
released his album as a dark net site.
have opened a dark net site
about regeneration projects.
every social media company,
in this audience,
if you care about liberty.
for illegal pornography
that's going to win out, but both.
About the speaker:Jamie Bartlett - Social media analyst
In his book "The Dark Net," Jamie Bartlett investigates Internet subcultures, both legal and illegal.
Why you should listen
As the director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, a leading UK think tank, Jamie Bartlett is currently involved in projects on crypto-currencies, surveillance and counter-surveillance methods and ISIS’s use of social media for propaganda and recruitment. He is a vocal columnist and commentator and the author of The Dark Net, a book on legal and illegal internet subcultures. Previously, he conducted field research in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
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