The Internet: A Free and Anonymous Place

1082 WordsJun 15, 20185 Pages
With the advent of the World Wide Web, we have access to more information than we ever have before. Whether our desire is for recipes, yesterday’s sporting event, or even governmental documents, we need only to perform a quick search and we will be presented with everything we needed. But, with all of this new access to information, governments like China have cracked down on their country’s Internet access. We as US citizens have our access largely uncensored. As I continued to research this topic, though, I found that the Internet is more censored and far less anonymous than we think. When people hear the word “censorship,” it generally incites feelings of dread and Orwellian control. Though this is sometimes true, it is not…show more content…
It is estimated that the “searchable” web makes up only a small portion of the entire Internet, so what everyday users see is only the tip of the iceberg. Since search engines cannot find this content, and they provide navigation to most sites average users will visit, most people will never see it. In this way, that entire portion of the Internet is censored and invisible to users. Belonging to and frequenting many of the sites on the so-called Invisible Web myself, I know how difficult it is to find content that I need using search engines like Google and Bing. Instead, the quest is entirely self-motivated and directed whenever I want to visit. Unfortunately for many, there is a great deal of wonderful content in it. Alongside the good, though, is a large collection of bad material, as the alias “DarkNet” suggests. Along with being censored, the Internet is heavily tracked. The likes of Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and others track users on their own websites and others so that they can serve more accurate content, and, in the case of Google, more targeted ads. Have you ever been browsing Facebook and noticed that the advertisements on the side of your window relate very closely to your interests? That is the result of tracking browsing habits and serving extremely targeted advertisements. When you browse the web and click on a web page about
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