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Late last year, the Center for International Governance Innovation polled about 24,000 people in 24 countries for a survey concerning Internet security, privacy rights, trust, and the Dark Web. When asked if the Dark Web should be shut down, a staggering 71% of those surveyed agreed it should. Although that’s certainly a high percentage, the sentiment isn’t exactly surprising given that most attention the Dark Web (or Dark Net) attracts is negative in nature, and often extremely so. Commonly, the Dark Web is described as the darkest corner of the Web where everyone and everything operates in anonymity—a fact that...

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