" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

April 23, 2018

The Darkest Web?

I attended a book talk at the 'Avid Reader' bookstore in March about Eileen Ormsby's book 'The Darkest Web'.
The talk was recorded for the national radio program 'Big Ideas' with Cathy Van Extel interviewing Eileen about her dark travels.
And you can listen to the same talk that I heard on the night for free, if you click on this link below -
Darkest web
Eileen Ormsby and  Cathy Van Extel at the 'Avid Reader'
I don't know too much about the dark web, as I have never been on it before (and doubt that I ever will now after this talk) and apart from watching a Netflix doco called 'The Dark Net' and hearing Eileen's talk at the bookstore, that's about all the knowledge I have of the dark web.
I did buy a copy of Eileen's book on the night, but I haven't read it yet, and after hearing the talk I can't help but hear Eileen's words echoing in my head, "once you see IT you can't unsee IT".
The Dark Web?-)
It sounds worse than any Stephen King book I could ever think of reading.
Eileen Ormsby at the AR signing table
It's amazing that I haven't had any nightmares from that night, as I also found a creepy, but interesting bookstore a few doors down from the 'Avid Reader' called 'Ecclectica' that had some rather nightmarish images in the front window.
I'd just come from seeing 'Mary Magdalene' at the cinema and then run into this ghostly image of the other Mary staring back at me from inside the 'Ecclectica' store.
I would have loved to have had a look in this store, but it was closing when I got there from the cinema.
I will definitely get there earlier the next time I attend a book-talk at the 'Avid Reader' and have a look around in 'Ecclectia'.
Unlike the dark web though, as I won't be logging on to take a look around in there anytime soon.
Sounds too much like a really bad version of the Dark Lodge from the 'Twin Peaks' TV show to me.
A place you would be best to never log into, I think;-)
Like Eileen says,"once you see something, you can never un-see it."
Is the dark web really a 'safe harbour' for criminals?
"Law enforcement agencies around the world are battling increasing criminal activity on the dark web.
The dark web is an encrypted network that uses the internet, but requires specific software to access. It is designed to ensure the user’s anonymity.
David Glance
, director of the University of Western Australia Centre for Software Practice, told it is now well established as a “safe harbour” in the eyes of drug dealers, counterfitters, scammers, pedophiles and even terrorists.
He said the dark net’s ease of access and encryption software made it an attractive tool for criminals.
The software can be downloaded from the normal web and once in the dark web, users can find websites and services through a browser similar to the normal web or through instructions gained from other users.
“If you imagine the convenience of
Amazon and the services they’ve built up, translated into a criminal setting and you’ve got what the dark web has become,” Dr Glance said.
The boom in
cryptocurrency is also driving increasing numbers to the dark web."

UPDATE: 2023
Have the makers of this movie (above) been reading my blog?-)

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