Great Moments in Publishing: The Gray Lady on Tor

October 28, 2017

I read “The New York Times Is Now a Tor Onion Service.” Interesting. Tor attracts about three million users per month.

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Source: https://metrics.torproject.org/userstats-relay-country.html

I found the decision a bit of a surprise. Increasing censorship squeezes some individuals to “hidden” information services. I am aware of the data which suggests that Tor and other hidden services are used for good purposes. For a run down on nine benefits, review “9 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Positive Uses of the Dark/Deep Web.” [I corrected the misspelling of “probable” in the title.]

On the other hand, other individuals use hidden services for less sunlight and happiness type activities. See, for example, “Dark Web Browser Tor Is Overwhelmingly Used for Crime, Says Study.”

The New York Times wants traffic and subscribers.

I will be watching for a surge in New York Times revenue and a spate of new Dark Web services. The Dark Web does offer online advertising. Perhaps this will be a new frontier for the newspaper. For more information about our most recent monograph, check out the description of Dark Web Notebook.

Stephen E Arnold, October 28, 2017

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