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Some adults are afraid of the dark. Even more are afraid of the Dark Web.

Seven out of 10 people favor shutting down the anonymous online network, according to a report commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by Ipsos.

Of the 24,143 people polled in 24 countries, more than a third said they "strongly agree" that the "dark net should be shut down." Another 35 percent agree "somewhat."

Researchers explained to participants that the Dark Web, usually accessed via Tor, can help protect human rights activists, dissidents under oppressive regimes, and whistleblowers. It also noted that the anonymous network helps hide underground...

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