The Dark Web: Alan Pearce @ TEDxBrighton (Transcript)

If they don’t know who we are or where we are, they can’t spy on us, they can’t bombard us with ads, and they can’t stalk us and do us harm.

So, what we could do, as a beginning, is to wean ourselves off products like Gmail. I would talk more about the things that are available; so many new products today.

This is a free e-mail service from Iceland. It’s really cool, very secure, no one is going to comb for it for ads or the rest of it. If you don’t like to be – If you don’t like being followed online, by whoever, the state, criminals, corporations, all the rest of it, you can just put a free add-on to your browser, it’s a doddle. Better yet, you see, Tor Firefox browser. You can download this for free, it allows you to travel directly Internet, incognito, and to visit the dark side too.

All you need to do is to type ‘Tor Firefox’ into a search engine, follow your on-screen instructions, and hit press there. You can seriously be anonymous online.

Back in the ’70s, people worried that TV was bad for you. They said, “TV is rotting people’s brains.” Some people got so upset they made this film ‘Network,’ starring Peter Finch as a crusty, old news anchor who sees the light. It doesn’t have any answers, it just wants people to wake up and get mad.

Sadly, I’m not allowed to play a clip from the film for copyright reasons due to the Internet. So, I want you to imagine Peter Finch really, really angry shouting: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” We should all be doing this.

We should all be saying: “I’m as mad as hell at all the spying, at the commercial takeover, and all the criminals and sickos around to get us.”

In the film, they’re just worried that TV is rotting people’s brains; that’s nothing. This is far more serious. We are looking at the end of the Internet as we know it, because the Internet is being taken over by all the wrong people.

But we can do something about it, we can all go deep web. It is not a place, it is a state of mind, a way of being.

Simply by masking our activities, we can prevent people monitoring us, following us, doing us harm. I say, it’s time we woke up to the threats towards the Internet, it’s time we stood up and do something about it, it’s time we stood up and took back the Internet, and it’s time we said: “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you.


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