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Weekend Read: The Internet has a seedy underbelly, and it's called Silk Road

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A large part of the the Internet's seedy underbelly was exposed recently. How much do you know about Silk Road?
A large part of the the Internet's seedy underbelly was exposed recently. How much do you know about Silk Road? - (Thinkstock)

Recently, federal authorities arrested a man Ross William Ulbricht for, well, for a lot of things. You just probably haven't heard of them, at least as they exist on the Internet.

This one isn't as long as the first Weekend Read I shared with you, but it's arguably far more interesting. Time's Jessica Roy explains what the hell "Silk Road" is, what happens there and why the arrest of its founder and proprietor by federal authorities last week is important.

It's a great piece because Roy does a great job of breaking down what can often be a very complex topic into comprehensible but no less definitive terms.

There is a vast underworld of gun smuggling, murder-for-hire, child pornography and other crimes pulsing just beneath the surface of the Internet you use every day. And, perhaps the strangest thing about the "dark web" as it's called, is the source of its original development and deployment.

Which I'm not going to tell you.

I don't want to spoil Roy's article. Go read it. It's fascinating, and definitely worth knowing as you make your innocent way across the more well-lit and respectable Internet we all know and love.

(Well, I love it. But, only like one normally loves a vast global communications network. Not like it's a person. Really. Did this get weird?)

Read Everything You Need to Know About Silk Road, the Online Black Market Raided by the FBI by Jessica Roy

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