Saturday, 6 August 2016

REVIEW - The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett


Title: The Dark Net

Author: Jamie Bartlett

Publisher: Random House UK

Release Date: 28th August 2014

Source: Publisher ARC


Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit – a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon – lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, and where people can be anyone, or do anything, they want. A world that is as creative and complex as it is dangerous and disturbing. A world that is much closer than you think.

The dark net is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the internet today, and of its most innovative and dangerous subcultures: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes. 

Based on extensive first-hand experience, exclusive interviews and shocking documentary evidence, The Dark Net offers a startling glimpse of human nature under the conditions of freedom and anonymity, and shines a light on an enigmatic and ever-changing world.
The internet to me is the pure joy of browsing for books on Amazon, trying to snag an ARC on NetGalley, buying clothes I don't need from eBay and being appalled at some of the things people read on the AIBU forum on Mumsnet, who cares what car your next door neighbour has or whether black olives are better than green.

I am not on the internet looking to bring down politicians, placing a bet on when somebody may die or trolling innocent people, destroying their lives.

The Dark Net takes us to the murky underbelly, the depths of the internet where all those users who are looking for something a little more dangerous than the latest Harry Potter, they are looking to create hell, to bypass all normal rules and reason.  It makes for shocking reading.

Jamie Bartlett has first hand talked to the people who roam The Dark Net, many hide by pseudonyms, user names to disguise all that they are.  The scary thing is some of them are in their day to day lives respectable members of society, they could be your teacher, your lawyer, you just don't know, 

This was a fascinating read that really opened my eyes to what lurks beneath the big boys of the net.

Thanks to Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.





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