The darknet refers overlay network that can be accessed only with specific software (e.g. P2P networks and Tor Browser as opposed to www which is ClearNet or standard internet), configurations, or authorization, often using non-standard communications protocols and ports that is difficult for authorities or non-state actors to monitor. This is usually achieved through encryption or by layering networks.
Darknets in general may be used for various reasons, such as:Computer crime (hacking, file corruption etc.); Protecting dissidents from political reprisal; File sharing (warez, personal files, pornography, confidential files, illegal or counterfeit software etc.); To better protect the privacy rights of citizens from targeted and mass surveillance; Sale of restricted goods on darknet markets; Whistleblowing and news leaks
Darknet is used by terrorist group for youth radicalization leading violent extremism, terrorist recruitment and communication.Jeffrey Feltman, the UN under-secretary-general for political affairs reported that that IS was adapting in several ways to military pressure by resorting to increasingly covert communication and recruitment methods, including by using the “dark web,” encryption and messengers.
The session will address some of the legal and ethical challenges of the Darknet.
This session explores the ethical dimension and management of information flows on the Internet, especially the deeper layers of DarkNet. This session is related to Action lines C1, C5 and C10
The use of internet by unethical or criminal activities hampers the promotion of universal access to information, peace, justice and good institutions (SDG 16)
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