I’ve noticed that a popular question regarding the deep/dark web lately is about “Marianas Web,” which is supposedly the “deepest” level of the deep web. Well, I hate to tell you this, folks, but there is no such thing. There never was.
I believe I’ve referenced RationalWiki’s Deep web entry before, but it really is a great reference if you want to know the honest truth about it. I love the idea of there being “levels” to the web, but it’s the stuff of sci-fi.
Nonetheless, as I’ve mentioned on some previous entries, there are many anonymity networks other than Tor in existence – this might be the kind of thing that people are searching for…what else is out there?
Oh? What’s that you say? You’ve already used these and found nothing? Well, as they said on All Onion Services:
The truth of the matter is there isn’t very many online onion services. Of those that are online, most aren’t worth visiting. They’re scams, phishing attempts, or low-traffic forums that are going to stop existing after a week. You should very quickly realize this after using a “real” index or search engine. No, your inability to find awesome secrets or spooky media is not because you haven’t found the right index/search engine. It’s because that stuff isn’t there. At least not on the “deep web.”
Yeah, that might be disappointing, but even I was surprised to find, upon my first day visiting Tor, that it was far from what the horror stories had made it out to be. Most of what I clicked on turned out to be dead links, in fact.
Still, I was interested in what other networks might be out there, which was how I ended up coming across the variety of wireless mesh networks and P2P networks that were (or are) actively being developed.
One that interested me a lot was Netsukuku (maybe just because of its name), because it was not only a mesh network, but also, as the developers stated, meant to be “autonomous.” (How’s that for your giant A.I. separate from the internet?)
Unfortunately, it appears that Netsukuku is no longer being developed, though I think you can download some releases of it from repositories:
It may be that you can compile and install it, but there aren’t a whole lot of peers to connect to. I’ve experienced this on some other P2P networks, like Osiris Serverless Portal System, which I mentioned on a much earlier post.
Osiris is a network that allows the anonymous creation of web portals without a central server – like Tor, its concept was to protect data and resist censorship. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have been updated in a long time either. You can try it out if you like at the link above.
Anyhow, my concept of a “Marianas Web” would be this: a censorship-resistant, private network that is not connected to the internet, and could only be accessed by a select group of people.
It, like Tor, would disguise your IP address and encrypt messages, but might also allow things like P2P file sharing. It would be interesting if it had types of services that you couldn’t find on Tor, to differentiate the two.
Want to create one? I’ll join you on there in a minute.
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