The Internet and Web technologies have originally been developed assuming an ideal world where all users are honourable and dutiful in their actions. The technology is created in the hopes of bringing the citizens of the world closer in harmony and understanding but in reality, it has opened up a predicament that is unstoppable. Just as in Star Wars; the dark side has emerged to plague the world. The most common dark side to the internet technology includes spam, malware, hacking, phishing, denial of service attacks, click fraud, invasion of privacy, defamation, frauds, violation of digital property rights, etc. All this has affected each and every sector of the Internet including technologies, legislation, law enforcement, litigation, public awareness efforts and to promote hate crimes.
Apart from the obvious negative influences of the internet, there is another more menacing and quite literally a much scary side to the internet. To the experienced it is most commonly known as the “Dark Web”. it is a virtual underworld where everything is anonymous and unmonitored; far, far away from the prying eyes of the law and authorities across the globe. Drug dealing, arms trading, hacking, prostitution, phishing, scams, frauds, terrorism and many more malicious activities are transacted anonymously via the dark web, which is a part of the intricate networks of the deep web. The Dark Web is a vast section of the internet that is not accessible through popular search engines and is made up from different kinds of smaller websites. The deep web data — user databases, registration-required web forums, web pages, paywall –protected pages are not indexed in Google, Yahoo or other search engines.
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The biggest negative influence in the internet technology is the Hate Groups. They support anything and everything that is negative and impose their own ideas and propaganda using virtually the same tools as any mainstream advertiser to spread their insidious messages online. What’s worse, these groups are growing in numbers. Mainstream social networking outlets such as Twitter and Facebook have struggled with how to handle hate groups on their platforms. These sites often find themselves trying to balance the right to share and debate ideas with the responsibility to protect society against potential attacks. Others such as YouTube and PayPal have come to drastic measures such as simply eliminate/delete whoever’s using their site to spread the hate message using their platform.
Without a doubt the internet technology has made life so much more flexible and accessible to everyone. However, people are always advised to proceed with caution and always be mindful of what you put out in the World Wide Web.