The 2015 Deep Web documentary tells the story of how the internet in the hands of the wrong people has formed into a dangerous beast that is almost completely invisible. The internet as we know it to day was in fact conceived way back in the mid 20th century by pioneers who wanted to connect several computer science laboratories in the United States, United Kingdom, and France. Forget surfing YouTube and Facebook, the founders of the internet simply wanted packets of data that could be sent efficiently and not get corrupted. What they came up with was the Nyquist rate (named after Harry Nyquist a Swedish genius in the communication theory) so the mathematical principal that holds up the internet at its core is:
The rest is history, but zooming forward to 2011 (and the centrepiece of this documentary) we have the introduction of Silk road which is the black market of the internet. Created by Ross Ulbricht the mastermind behind an unbelievable number of crimes, the extent of which would be too obscene to post here. 32-year-old Ulbricht was sentenced to two life sentences without parole. Seems harsh? This crime was nothing like the Pirate Bay whose founders were simply trying to make an awesome service of connecting people but unfortunately criminal elements passed under their noses; Ulbricht was actually indulging in paid murders and god knows what else. It really is a new breed of criminal that has exposed the internet for what it can be abused for which is exactly what this documentary explores.