The Impact Of Internet On The World Wide Web

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Since its introduction, the World Wide Web has been an electronic hub for people to share thoughts anonymously with others all over the globe, however the internet has been used for activities deemed illicit. Governments have responded by limiting the access people have to certain parts of the web and monitoring people’s internet activities. There are people who believe that these governments’ actions have violated civil rights. In order to protect their anonymity, people have turned to The Onion Router (TOR). TOR is a free web browser which protects people’s anonymity and allows them to avoid censorship of the World Wide Web. Users of TOR can browse the web without their identities or locations being monitored by anyone. TOR does this by sending user traffic through a complex network consisting of thousands of relays that conceal a user’s identity. The term “onion” refers to the onion-like application layers of encryption. TOR encrypts the user’s information multiple times and is then sent to its destination without compromising security during the transmission of user data. This data is randomly bounced through a network of relays run by volunteers around the globe. NSA characterized TOR as “the kind of high secure, low latency internet anonymity with no contenders for the throne in waiting” (Harris, Hudson). Attacks against TOR are an active area of academic research and are welcomed by TOR. Onion routing was developed in the mid-1990s at the US Naval Research
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