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Ep. 1: The Birth of The Dark Web (The Dark Web)

Narrated by: Geoff White
Length: 26 mins
Categories: Radio & TV, Documentaries
4.5 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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[Contains explicit content] It's called the Dark Web, Dark Net or Deep Web but what is it? What makes this internet underground — rife with drugs, sex, and crime — possible? How do you even access the Dark Web? 

Geoff White, Channel 4 News's former Technology Reporter, has been looking into its shady origins and reveals why the U.S. Navy invented it in the first place. 

©2016 Audible, Ltd. (P)2016 Audible, Ltd.

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Lots of background noise, speech impediment

The story was okay, I can see some good research has occurred here.

But the narrator has a terrible speech impediment. Every “r” is said as a “w”, I can hardly listen to him speak, he sounds just like the priest on the Princess Bride.

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Great Material, yet a little Cheesy

I was impressed with the interviews and material being presented in this series of lectures on the Dark Web but it grossly misuses scary music and sound effects in the background to instill some cheap sense of fear or creepiness. Just give us the facts man, especially when they play sounds of children in the background, it made it scary but didn't lend any legitimacy to the material, which as far as I know was legitimate but I don't want cheap fear mongering, I want to learn.

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Didn’t like the narrator

I couldn’t stand the way this narrator’s voice sounded. I’m just glad it was a free download.

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bad just boring

Struggled to finish this. Boring very boring. Bland, didn't even finish very disappointed. Wasted a credit on this book.

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Geoff White and Bernard P. Achampong have done extensive research.

If you have heard of the Dark Web but need to know about it so that you have some understanding of exactly why it exists and who uses it, I recommend this book.

You will get much more than a brief description of the Dark Web. When you are finished with this, you will understand it’s origins, it’s purposes, who uses it, etc.

Very very good!

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Good Info, Poor Presentation

The content provided in the 10 episodes was very interesting. It gave a good overview of the many parts of the dark web and had some very informative interviews. The topics were all unique. It was a quick way to learn about the purpose and use of the dark web.

However, the presentation was difficult to listen to. The interviews sounded like they were in a cave and several episodes had dishes/silverware clinking in the background. It may have been the editors way of providing ambiance (interviews over the phone or in a cafe), but I found it distracting.

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  • hotelgal
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 05-28-19

Well done

Enjoyed this 10-part series more than I thought I would. Revealing view into the secrets of the dark web from end to end.

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  • John C
  • Cleveland, OH
  • 04-18-19

Inaccurate

The comparison of the dark web and tor to a train ticket without a printed destination is extremely oversimplified and I would argue just plain inaccurate. This seems like one of those infotainment series that is more concerned with accessibility (how well it is [over]produced, making sure that everyone can understand it) rather than actual information detail or accuracy.

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enlightening

The narrations were clear and the origins of the dark web were actually quite surprising.

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The Birth of the Dark Web

Interesting book on a subject I did not know anything about. The Dark Web does exist. We need to know about this subject so that we can present a halfway intelligent response when anyone ask us a question about the dark web. This book will help you.

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  • Neil M.
  • 10-26-19

Informative

V good narration and informative the presenter was v good and seemed well researched

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  • Dick
  • 10-21-19

Interesting

Excellent, very interesting and educational for people not really computer literate like myself.
Have to confess thinking of setting up shop.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-19

A well thought out and structured series.

I am by no means a techno-phobe. That said, my knowledge of the dark web was accrued solely from what I'd seen in films and on the TV, until now. This series offers a fascinating insight into the the many worlds operated from the dark web. Each episode exploring a different aspect, some I had heard of but didn't understand, and others that were totally alien to me. All episodes were intriguing and engaging. I definitely recommend the series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-10-19

great story, but dumbed down

A great story hampered by childish metaphors and a fear of giving even the most basic technical details.

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  • Nicola Egginton
  • 08-30-19

Poor

presenter keeps talking in a cafe / shop and its hard to hear. sounds robotic. also not a very interesting story either, quite disappointing. some bits were ok but overall the series was pretty poor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-19

Goof insight about Dark WEB

Explains who creates The Dark Web
why it was created
who was is created for

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  • Gary Henderson
  • 05-26-19

Interesting series.

Always wondered what the dark web was, well now I know. Informative without getting too technical.

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  • Aidy
  • 05-21-19

loved this series

if you're intrigued by the Dark Web this series really goes through it all and asks the really morale questions!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-06-19

Not a bad listen.<br />

Not a bad listen. I do think some of the opinions expressed within the chapters are not quite correct but who am I ay!


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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-20-19

Gripping if you are new to the concept

This has been a real epiphany for me. Insightful, informative and just enough detail so that I don't zone out at technical complexities - but enough to whet my appetite to go and explore some more.

Great job, recommended for those wanting to learn the basics and get some good high-level case studies in mind.

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  • steve toke
  • 08-11-19

more please 🙏

Educational and inspiring

the way you can control you personal identity without government interference?
Hope this podcast keeps coming

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  • Nick
  • 01-25-19

Great series

Easy to follow, informative and entertaining. No doubt the techies will complain it's overly simplistic but I found it perfect for my level of understanding. The interviews are great. More series like this please!

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  • Shaun
  • 08-15-18

leaves you wanting to know more, epic start

love the way the story flows and kept me intrigued on wanting to learn more and more