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Meet the Good Guys of the Deep Web

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Most mainstream media coverage has derided the Deep Web as a hub of child pornography and hitmen for hire. But though there may be depraved activities facilitated by the underground network, there are also many upstanding individuals using marketplaces like the Silk Road to ease the pain of unjust laws and otherwise do good.

Doctor X is a trained physician that works on harm reduction projects in real life but helps Silk Road users in his free time by providing answers to any of their questions—all for free. He started in June 2013, and received 600 questions and 5,000 visits after just three months. In an interview with Joseph Cox of Vice, Doctor X said:

"Drug users need more…They need answers, and that's what I try to provide. People ask me about the real risks and adverse effects, drug combinations [illegal and prescriptive] and the use of drugs in persons suffering from different conditions, such as diabetes or neurological problems."

There is a growing consensus that the Silk Road marketplace reduces violence that is traditionally associated with the black market. The new "Dread Pirate Roberts," who runs the second version of the Silk Road, emphasized this in an interview with Mike Power, author of the book Drugs 2.0:

"Ultimately you cannot stop people doing drugs, but you can make it safer for them, and get people off the streets and away from violence?—?which is what we stand for."

A hacker that goes by the name of "Intangir" became a champion for Deep Web enthusiasts last March when he hacked into the Hidden Wiki, which is a mixture of Google and Wikipedia for the Deep Web, and deleted all of the links to child pornography. He tweeted this after doing it:

"In 1 move, I did more to limit CP access than all the Twitter pedo hunters of the last 3 years. What have you done today?"

Though there may be some questionable activities that take place on the Deep Web, the good intentions of users around the world are also clear. Marketplaces like the Silk Road and hackers like Intangir are integral parts of technology's initiative to transform our economy and culture into a more rational, efficient, and safer place. 

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  1. “In 1 move, I did more to limit CP access than all the Twitter pedo hunters of the last 3 years. What have you done today?”

    Um, read this article? Also, how does one hunt pervs using Twitter? Also, Doctor X is going to be in so much trouble when they find him.

  2. A hacker that goes by the name of “Intangir” became a champion for Deep Web enthusiasts last March when he hacked into the Hidden Wiki, which is a mixture of Google and Wikipedia for the Deep Web, and deleted all of the links to child pornography. He tweeted this after doing it:

    He wipes out child porn and he names himself after the most obscure part of a 20-year-old Super Nintendo game. Truly, nerd-dom’s greatest champion.

    1. I want to know what, exactly, a “deep web enthusiast” is.

      I imagine it to be the first guy they found.

  3. You know you’re getting old when you’re just too fucking lazy to go download a tor client to try out buying drugs online.

  4. “Ultimately you cannot stop people doing drugs, but you can make it safer for them, and get people off the streets and away from violence???which is what we stand for.”

    Harm reduction is for limp-wristed hippies. Those people must be hunted down and PUNISHED. Make them suffer.

    1. I really don’t get their logic. “Drug use is just a sign of a deeper problem!” “I know, lets make all their problems worse by locking them up and taking away any semblance of decency they might have!”

      1. So much this. I liken it to putting up hurdles in the hundred-meter dash at the Special Olympics. Our solution for people living with their problems is to throw a bunch of obstacles in their way. Brilliant.

        1. Yeah. I personally don’t adhere to the philosophy; I think the majority of drug users just use them to relax/have fun. But still, the logic is fucking twisted.

    2. Harm reduction?!? What are you, some kind of fag?

        1. Only to assholes who ride loud Harleys.

        2. Fag is hurtful

          Smoking kills! But one fag probably won’t do much harm.

        3. Fag is hurtful, just like food names at restaurants.

          Oh my fucking god, fuck the PC police.

        4. Dear god – businesses’ catering to their customers desires! But it must be stopped because its not ideologically pure.

          And if you think fag is hurtful, stay away from 4chan. They got anonfags, tripfags, drawfags, weaboofags, furryfags, probably even fagfags.

          ‘But I don’t want to go among the fags’ Alice said.

          ‘Oh, you can’t help that’ said the Cat ‘I’m a fag, you’re a fag.’

          ‘How do you know I’m a fag’ asked Alice.

          ‘You must be or you wouldn’t have come here’ replied the Cat.

      1. I’ll bet he’s the kind of man who would wear his PPE on a work site without threat of losing workmans comp.

        1. Uh oh, folks, Brett is day drunk again!

          1. again!

            Implies he ever sobered up!

  5. “In 1 move, I did more to limit CP access than all the Twitter pedo hunters of the last 3 years. What have you done today?”

    And then he went and shot himself in depression over the futility of existence when he saw that all those links were back in place inside of 24 hours.

  6. As for this:

    Doctor X is a trained physician that works

    I would have gone with who. That, while not technically violating English usage, sounds arch and British. (Or do I repeat myself?)

    Kevin R

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