Deep Web

Deep Web

DVD - 2016 | Widescreen edition.
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A documentary that explores the rise of a new Internet; decentralized, encrypted, dangerous and beyond the law.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2016]
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Branch Call Number: DVD 004.678 DEE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, 5.1 surround sound, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Additional Contributors: Reeves, Keanu

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

The cypherpunks were instrumental in the growing movement towards privacy and anonymity online. And they would pioneer the way into the hidden corners of the internet. Maybe the big turning point for the cypherpunks,
I think, was WikiLeaks and Julian Assange and Jacob Appelbaum's idea of what it means to be a cypherpunk.
You cannot trust a government to implement the policies that it says that it's implementing. And so we must provide the underlying tools, secret cryptographic codes that the government couldn't spy on to everyone as a sort of use of force. And a government no matter how hard it tries, if the cyphers are good, uh, cannot break into your communications directly. Force of authority is derived from violence. One must acknowledge with cryptography,
- no amount of violence will ever solve a math problem. -
Exactly.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

I'm continuing to think about this from a place of violence and beginning to realize that our policies of drug prohibition were actually counterproductive to public safety. The one thing that I signed on for to improve, to better public safety in our neighborhoods, was making it worse. And, uh, I found... a large number of police
officers and judges and criminal prosecutors and DEA agents and FBI who think the same way. If Baltimore moved from street corners to online services, oh, my God, do you know how many shootings, how many fewer shootings we would have every year, which equate to fewer homicides? Number one, it removes the... the buyer from the back alleys and from the street corners and from those dangerous places of dealing with the seller. Buying it over the internet where it's delivered to you, - removes you from that scenario. - Well, one of the interesting things that having an online market does is that it makes sellers much more accountable to buyers.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

And one of the really interesting innovations is the whole review system, where buyers can review the sellers and the items that they bought from these, uh, on these market places. And what that does is it makes sellers more accountable and it lets buyers... It gives buyers a way to assess both the quality, the purity and the potency of the drugs they're getting. It makes, uh, these transactions much more safe for the buyers. But we're shutting them down, attempting to shut them down, because we will never shut them down. We've been at this drug war now for over four decades, and what has happened since then? At the beginning, it was just the cartels
and organized crime making a ton of money. Today, they make globally $322 billion off this industry. Corporate America's also now in the game. Private prisons, okay? Corrections Corporation of America. About a year ago they gave out $675 million in dividends to the shareholders.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

So corporate America's making a lot of money. What about law enforcement? Law enforcement's making a ton of money. Drug testing companies. It's now become a multi-billion-dollar industry. And who gets tested? Those who are in prison or under the control of our criminal justice programs, on parole and probation. The government's 1033 Program, you know, where we get armored vehicles and machine guns and whatever we want of the surplus military equipment, that's because of the drug war. Over the years we've seen these... these huge bureaucracies build up around the drug war, around prosecuting the drug war. You've got the Drug Enforcement Agency. You've got the Office of National Drug Control Policy. So a lot of the... a lot of the opposition is just rooted in self interest among places like the FBI and the DEA, where if you're telling somebody who's been in the FBI for 30 years that drugs are no longer a priority, that's an existential threat to them.

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tj_is_cool
Aug 26, 2017

Fortunately justice was served but the documentary was biased for the convicted.

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jimg2000
Jan 05, 2017

A documentary which focused on how the FBI trolled the darknet to entrap Ross Ulbricht who was subsequently indicted as the mysterious figure Dread Pirate Roberts (DPR,) the man behind "The Silk Road," a cyber underworld Amazon.Com for controlled substances, narrated by Reeves. Unlike "Citizenfour 2015," there was little actual footage of the main character and based largely on information provided by Law Enforcement agencies including Sen. Chuck Schumer and supporters of the "darknet." Much of the case history seemed to come from Andy Greenberg, a senior writer for WIRED. Interesting to note the pros and cons of net privacy and if narcotics should be legally traded instead of through today's highly controlled or out of control channels.

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