Meet the newest ethical and legal challenge of obtaining and using data via the internet: The dark web
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Are you afraid of the dark? What thoughts come to mind when you hear the word “dark”? Scary? Hidden? Sinister? Mysterious? Shadowy? The opposite of dark, of course, is “light” — and this signifies transparency, full disclosure, openness, and clarity. It is in this context that research professionals increasingly are using what is called the “dark web” to collect and use data for studies that are looking at activities that are often, but not always, illegal. What makes the dark web both intriguing and worrisome for researchers is not the kind of information it includes but rather the methods used to obtain the data (neither the usual search engines nor by hacking passwords).