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While the dark web attracts largely negative and sensationalistic headlines as a haven for criminality, it (and the tools used to access it) also offers knowledgeable users the ability to surf the web free of government surveillance and social media/marketing tracking and to exercise free speech in an environment of virtual anonymity. As such, the dark web supports librarians’ values regarding privacy and intellectual freedom. This presentation will give librarians a realistic look at both the positive and negative aspects of the dark web, provide them with examples of the types of users who may want to explore or make use of the dark web, and introduce them to dark web tools that can be used to surf even the surface web anonymously.


Delivered at the 2021 NC LIVE Annual Conference

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