Understanding the Ethical Factors of the Dark Web and TOR Protocol: A Student Lesson Workbook

Table of Contents
Introduction to the Dark Web and TOR Protocol
The Dark Web and Online Anonymity
Ethical Factors in the Dark Web
Discussion Questions
Practice Exercises
1. Introduction to the Dark Web and TOR Protocol
The Dark Web, often associated with criminal activities, is a part of the internet that is not indexed by search engines and is accessible only through specific software, such as the TOR (The Onion Router) protocol. The TOR protocol enables users to browse the internet with complete anonymity, thus providing a platform for both legitimate and illicit activities.
2. The Dark Web and Online Anonymity
The Dark Web is a haven for online anonymity, which has both positive and negative consequences. On one hand, it provides protection to whistleblowers, journalists, and activists who want to avoid censorship and maintain their privacy. On the other hand, it enables criminal activities, such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, and cybercrimes, to thrive.
3. Ethical Factors in the Dark Web
There are several ethical factors to consider when discussing the Dark Web and TOR protocol:
Privacy and security: While online privacy and security are important to uphold, they can be misused to facilitate criminal activities.
Censorship and freedom of information: The Dark Web can help bypass censorship and provide access to information in countries with strict control over the internet, but it can also lead to the spread of misinformation and illegal content.
Responsibility and accountability: The anonymity provided by the Dark Web raises questions about personal responsibility and accountability for one's actions.
4. Discussion Questions
Is it ethical to use the Dark Web for legitimate purposes, knowing that it also facilitates criminal activities?
How can the balance between online privacy and security be maintained without promoting illegal activities?
What role should governments play in regulating the Dark Web and TOR protocol?
How can the TOR protocol be improved to limit its misuse while preserving its anonymity features?
5. Practice Exercises
Research a real-life example of a positive use of the Dark Web (e.g., whistleblowing, journalism) and explain how anonymity was essential in that case.
Research a real-life example of a negative use of the Dark Web (e.g., drug trafficking, cybercrimes) and discuss the ethical concerns surrounding that case.
Each group will present their work as a CANVA Info Graphic
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