Deep web the untold story of bitcoin and silk road watch
There's a shadowy corner of the Internet where real names give way to aliases, and ". In this space, privacy and anonymity are dogma, and government-imposed laws draw scoffs more than reverence.
The "deep web," as it's known, is where users ranging from do-gooders to cybercriminals employ cutting-edge technology to mask their identities and interact with others around the globe. As you might expect, not many camera crews are allowed meaningful inside access to this world. Despite these challenges, director and producer Alex Winter said he is shooting interviews for a feature-length documentary he plans to call Deep Web: More recently, Winter directed Downloadeda documentary on Napster and the advent of digital file sharing, which debuted in March at South by Southwest.
Zipper's feature Undefeated won an Academy Award for best documentary. The film, as with most any documentary, will likely hinge on the quality of the sources.
Winter said it was too early in the process to tip his hand on who it will feature, but he called them the "core players. Winter became interested in this topic in with the release of Bitcointhe digital cryptocurrency many on the deep web use in financial transactions.
Bitcoin has become increasingly valuable since its release, and it's currently trading at all-time highs. As advocates for the currency try to push it into the mainstream, Congress is trying to figure out how to handle the challenges Bitcoin presents from a legal perspective.
Though it's not foolproof, Bitcoin allows for relative anonymity. The film will likely feature another trademark dark web software called Tor, which stands for "the onion router.
At their best, deep web users have created a safe space to facilitate free expression and political dissent for those under oppressive governments. On the other end of the spectrum, the deep web harbors child pornography, a crowdsourcing site for assassinations and other criminal enterprises.
Silk Road is perhaps the most famous deep web black market to date. About a month later, a new Silk Road launchedmade to look exactly like the original. Though Silk Road is in the title of Winter's documentary, he stressed that the film is not solely about Silk Road.
Indeed, there are many other online black markets on the deep web, but Silk Road has become emblematic because of its size and the significant attention it has received since the FBI takedown and subsequent re-launch. Winter and his team launched a crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter for the film Wednesday, though not out of financial necessity.
He said the goal of the campaign is to build a strong community of people to be invested and involved throughout the filmmaking process.
This is meant to mirror what will be one of the deep web film's main themes: Though don't expect the product anytime soon; Winter has yet to set a targeted release date. We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Entertainment Like Follow Follow.