Come For the Drugs. Stay For the Freedom

Political activists come to the Dark Web to be free from government’s prying eyes. They, folks like Snowden and Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, want to undue the control of a government that has gotten so out of the control that it spies on its own citizens (as well as all the citizens they’ve contacted, and the ones they’ve contacted) and sends notes to public libraries warning that the Deep Web is used by criminals and that they shouldn’t operate exit nodes because of this.

The list of activists who are ringing bells against government intrusions of privacy is longer than most people think. It currently includes Ron Wyden, a US Senator who signed onto the Declaration of Internet Freedom and Vince Cerf (one of the ‘Fathers of the internet”) warned that the UN’s updated International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs) could be used to oppress political dissidents. The Courage Foundation, which raises funds to support whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, has an advisory board that is filled people who have made protecting free speech and privacy their life’s work. These include Daniel Ellsberg (the guy who exposed the Nixon administration by leaking the Pentagon Papers) and Thomas Drake (former

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