The Dark Net isn't what you think. It's actually key to our privacy | Alex Winter | TEDxMidAtlantic

  • Published on Oct 30, 2015
  • There is a hidden Internet, completely separate from the surface Web. Documentary filmmaker Alex Winter spent several years immersed in this fascinating world and talks about how the battle for your right to privacy is being waged in this dark corner of the Internet. You may have heard the "Dark Net" is a scary underworld filled with crime, but Alex's findings will surprise you.
    Alex Winter entered show business as a child actor on Broadway and came to prominence in the wildly popular BILL AND TED franchise. Winter’s latest, award-winning documentary DEEP WEB, recently had a critically acclaimed world premiere at SXSW and a broadcast premiere in the U.S. on the Epix network, to be followed by a worldwide release on all platforms in September 2015.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 1 004

  • balbinder bains
    balbinder bains 16 hours ago


  • Philip Rock
    Philip Rock Day ago +1

    Brilliant talk especially in this day of virtual total “World Dictatorship”.

  • Martin Soto
    Martin Soto 8 days ago

    wild stalions

  • Crystalpad
    Crystalpad 9 days ago

    Random off topic opinion, he does sound a lot like Robert Downey Jr

  • Steve Animal
    Steve Animal 10 days ago

    you can get set up for anything. Snowden fought back

  • Lee
    Lee 12 days ago

    What are you using to scan your devices?

  • Lee
    Lee 12 days ago

    Is dark net same as dark web?

  • Allan Ploth
    Allan Ploth 12 days ago +1

    Excellent talk.

  • Ignatz71
    Ignatz71 17 days ago


  • captainboggles
    captainboggles 20 days ago

    excellent, thank you

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  • Gypsy tiger Stabberson
    Gypsy tiger Stabberson 22 days ago +7

    Viewers it's 2019
    AI is prevalent
    Smartphones you got to love smartphones
    Privacy? Thing of the past long past

  • Ambidextrous
    Ambidextrous 23 days ago +2

    It's not that I have something to hide.
    I have nothing I want you to see.

    (Amanda Seyfried to Clive Owen, Anon.)

  • admagnificat
    admagnificat 23 days ago +7

    This was a phenomenal TED talk, Mr. Winter. Thank you for all of the efforts that you put into it, and into all of your work.

  • Chase Smaker
    Chase Smaker 24 days ago

    Literally watchdogs

  • Cynthia Stenstrom
    Cynthia Stenstrom 25 days ago


  • routt ookc
    routt ookc 26 days ago

    damn, this is from 2015...are we more complacent now?

  • John Lombardo
    John Lombardo 26 days ago

    Well said!

  • Stephan Onisick
    Stephan Onisick 27 days ago

    Really good points. Relevant Examples.

  • skaushik07
    skaushik07 27 days ago

    What could be more humiliating and degrading than taking your memories, passing thoughts, privacy and broadcast it to all your friends and haters also complete strangers, without your consent?

  • wayne Last
    wayne Last 29 days ago


  • wayne Last
    wayne Last 29 days ago

    God bless freedom of speech

  • brandon veach
    brandon veach Month ago

    Ted doing a ted talk

  • Friendly sky
    Friendly sky Month ago


  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Month ago

    Yeah you a star. I getting it wrong

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Month ago

    Analyses,,, i am netstalking,,,, in a radius around here, km. Region
    Everyone, everything is hacked to

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Month ago

    I'm hacked, beside, lot, school, they then hacked my account. As them, as yours
    Police, yeah had the iPad, a month, no

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Month ago

    You as the EU,,,,, it's, a rebel, against
    No it's crimes, build computer to attack your ligal activity

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Month ago

    Deep net, dark net
    Is totally iligal
    A hacked, built, load of crimes

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Month ago

    Missing on milk Carton, don't do it today, imagine

  • monstersince
    monstersince Month ago

    more and more "civilian" joe public are using onion style deep networks to avoid profligate mainstream legislation. be careful the dark net is mostly used by honest friendly people

  • Anthony DeHart
    Anthony DeHart Month ago

    Funny thing is there is not a single city in the USA that doesn't have a drug dealer in it wtf you need dark web for drug's lol fn stupidity.

  • trublgrl
    trublgrl Month ago

    Why didn't he just use the time machine to keep this from happening?

  • CulturalCompass
    CulturalCompass Month ago

    Wow a download button showed up today on TVclip with this video. Hmmm . . .

  • Jeffrey Paasch
    Jeffrey Paasch Month ago

    I wonder if i could sell my music on the dark-net?
    I'm not making ANY Sales on Amazon or iTunes

  • Audrey Flemming
    Audrey Flemming Month ago

    This is a truly enlightening video and I hope more people understand ethical hackers are completely harmless. An experienced ethical hacker once offered me his services through the deep web. Ever since I have been finding unconventional ways around everything on the internet or tech. This hacker executed various tasks for me based on Web (HTML, PHP, SQL, APACHE), C/C++, Assembler, Delphi, 0day Exploits, highly personalized Trojans and boots and DDoS. You can hire him for any kind of website hacks, phone hack or phone spying, email hacks and credit card/bank hacks. All you need is to be discrete and text his email binaryhack3r@protonmail com

  • rampaging bull
    rampaging bull Month ago +1

    which is why Q first contact was 4 chan since MI wizards and warlocks want to save the usa

  • Nathan Caveney
    Nathan Caveney Month ago

    The surveillance state is real people!

  • John Kean
    John Kean Month ago

    . ..just what l thought. Thank you for elucidating this. The world is full of boring stuff made to look interesting and exciting when really its just a bored kid in his bed room. Its hyped to appear amazing to encourage more and more traffic.

  • Sky Scan
    Sky Scan Month ago

    Warrant Seeking Electronically Stored Information. A warrant under Rule 41(e)(2)(A) may authorize the seizure of electronic storage media or the seizure or copying of electronically stored information. Unless otherwise specified, the warrant authorizes a later review of the media or information consistent with the warrant. The time for executing the warrant in Rule 41(e)(2)(A) and (f)(1)(A) refers to the seizure or on-site copying of the media or information, and not to any later off-site copying or review

  • DeYoRa 84
    DeYoRa 84 Month ago +1

    Wow, Alex Winter aged pretty well :)

  • Azalea Gamings
    Azalea Gamings Month ago

    True, I have been to deep web from long and there it is nothing like they scream around

  • ocsrc
    ocsrc Month ago

    First time I have ever heard the truth about the dark net.
    Very little crime
    What people don't understand they fear
    Guns, my neighbors sell 50 Cal. Machine guns
    I have never seen so many guns till I moved to a trailer park

  • perry lc
    perry lc Month ago

    There is no such thing as privacy.

  • Alaska Beauty7
    Alaska Beauty7 Month ago

    Do they care about Alaskan Eskimos', Indians,' or Aleuts' privacies?!!? 😮 😂 😯?

  • Capt777harris
    Capt777harris Month ago

    My privacy was breached by the NSA, local PD, probably several other law enforcement and security agencies because of my parents' status. I decry all parties who took part in it.

  • Agent Smith
    Agent Smith Month ago

    Totally gnarly dude....

  • Bob 1
    Bob 1 Month ago

    Excellent talk dude.

  • Frog
    Frog Month ago


  • franco bee
    franco bee 2 months ago

    this dude is a fckn moron lmao

  • Patrick LaBelle
    Patrick LaBelle 2 months ago

    Ross Ulbricht made tens of millions of dollars from drug sales and he tried to hire a hit man to kill one of his employees....Very convenient to dismiss all that..

  • Chadrach William
    Chadrach William 2 months ago

    I clicked on this because it looked like Bill, and it was.

  • Mr HunterF λ
    Mr HunterF λ 2 months ago

    I watched this video

    I used to be a hacker

  • Kyle Mouttet
    Kyle Mouttet 2 months ago

    People just don't understand things until they personally experience them.
    No matter who you are or how virtuous you may be.. you are still only human. And we are all blind to that which we have not seen.

  • Mynor Portillo
    Mynor Portillo 2 months ago

    Wow!!! You guys have to check out and see what Skycoin is doing for the Internet.

  • leon lovee
    leon lovee 2 months ago

    How can I trade for a house I got tons of collectables

  • Truth Seaker
    Truth Seaker 2 months ago +13

    Google and TVclip censorship has got so bad we need an alternative urgently.

  • Gladius Draco
    Gladius Draco 2 months ago

    There's an algorithm reading this comment right now...

  • titus
    titus 2 months ago

    Encryption and all forms of privacy are hack-able when given the tools and time. if there was truly no privacy, there would be no privacy for hackers and government either... someone steals your credit card info? no problem, they wouldn't be able to get anything for themselves without giving away their identity in a truly privacy free world

  • Val Sarff
    Val Sarff 2 months ago

    There's a lot of preaching to the choir here. We need that, of course, but where are we headed in a world where real issues are deflected with bogus issues? Those in power are the ones that need life sentences without parole. The train we're on is running out of track and the engineer is dead.

  • Ary de Oliveira
    Ary de Oliveira 2 months ago


  • Jon Wizard
    Jon Wizard 2 months ago

    Of course let´s not have anyone rock the "goverment boat"´s okay for those government clowns to create wars and destruction, but let´s not have anyone else get in the way - no matter how harmless.

  • Kazzana
    Kazzana 2 months ago +1

    With the push to censor topics of interest on the internet we will all need to use the dark net if we want free and open discussion. Vaccines are an example of a topic that we are now seeing a big push to censor any discussion of concerns of safety. Amazon have remove books , they are pushing for google and you tube to censor dissenting views. Main stream TV will only give airtime to one side and do not report known cases of fraud, even in government agencies. This astounds me, as even if you believe in vaccines, it would be in everyone's best interest to be aware of safety concerns considering the complete lack of placebo trails for these products which the pharmaceutical corporations were granted a free pass from liability in the vaccine act 1986, meaning they cannot be sued for harm or even death caused by their vaccine products.

  • Argiod Silvertongue
    Argiod Silvertongue 2 months ago +1

    A most excellent video, dude.
    Still love the movies; but I think actors should have privacy, too. Can't stand the Paparazzi attitude that the public has a 'right' to know every minute detail about their private lives.

  • Joe mc glue
    Joe mc glue 2 months ago

    privacy is just an illusion

  • Eugene Take
    Eugene Take 2 months ago +1

    Now article 13 has passed. The dark web will be used for memes

  • Phantom Lancers
    Phantom Lancers 2 months ago

    air guitar !!!

  • K. O.
    K. O. 2 months ago

    geeez, i'd thought all these years.. that he was of the 'Penn' clan. as in.... the other Penn brother. wow.

  • PianoGesang
    PianoGesang 2 months ago

    It is nobody's business that I have nothing to hide!

  • Reeble Snarfle
    Reeble Snarfle 2 months ago

    Brav-fricking-O ! Point well made, point well received! Brilliant analysis, and diagnosis! Rational, centerline of the road, logic and thought! "I LIKE IT!" - -Chevy Chase

  • J Mallett
    J Mallett 2 months ago

    Damn they locked that dude up for good

  • Nicolas de la Forge
    Nicolas de la Forge 3 months ago +1

    It is not only about 'surveillance', it is about how they occupy our very being.

  • Path Finder
    Path Finder 3 months ago +1

    In the land of the free, true liberty is a crime.

  • Calvin Baker
    Calvin Baker 3 months ago

    I refuse to live in fear like you all.

  • Aaron Gelera
    Aaron Gelera 3 months ago

    guy in front doesnt think its funny

    DIGITAL STRANGER 3 months ago +1

    We've been watching you...

    • Rigor
      Rigor 3 months ago

      An imaginative, conceptual darkness in audible form. Twisting the very fabrics of reality

    • Rigor
      Rigor 3 months ago

      Ha nice

  • American And Proud of it

    A big white flash would cause the problem during session in progress to go dark permanently..........

  • Gary Z
    Gary Z 3 months ago +4

    it seems to me that he left of where the important conversation, about the need for privacy, was just getting started. everything else was just building a context for this important conversation. i have no idea how to practically increase my privacy in light of all the data logging about my life that's going on with my ISP, the government, etc. so let's start that conversation.

    • user
      user 3 months ago

      If Elizabeth Warren's presidency is going to be about "breaking up monopolies", she should really go into breaking up comcast; a literal monster.

  • Stephen Grubb
    Stephen Grubb 3 months ago +1

    Damn so ubisoft is onto something with the watch dogs games and surveillance 🤔🤔🤔

  • AR-Sith F.Austin
    AR-Sith F.Austin 3 months ago

    Absolutely it is and I've said this for years

  • Aussie Gamer
    Aussie Gamer 3 months ago

    IMPORTANT!! --------- This guy is incorrect. Using Tor or the DarkWeb will NOT protect your computer from malware as implied @11:44 PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS

    The DarkWeb, Tor, VPNs etc will help you surf the internet while hiding from the GOVERNMENT. Not hackers. He would have the exact same issues using Tor.

    Saying he was "hacked" by kids (most likely his own mistake, not REAL hacking).., and using this as an excuse to hide from the government is a strawman argument.

    If you want to protect yourself from hackers, then use Linux, iOS or anti-virus software when using Windows X.

    Do not do banking etc on a PC. Mobile devices are very secure from hackers.

    Don't accept calls from "Microsoft" or other companies who want you to make any changes to your PC.

    Don't not reply to unknown emails, and scan all attachments including PDFs and images.

  • CyberJJC
    CyberJJC 3 months ago +1

    This is very informative. Thanks Alex.

  • Shannon Joker
    Shannon Joker 3 months ago

    I know nothing about this guy and I'm very new to the tedx experience but every single thing I've heard about the dark web it's about people who don't want the government or private entities to know what they're doing so what are they hiding I don't care what this guy is trying to do like trying to act like it's something we should all be a part of I've only listen to five minutes of this they already have a very bad vibe

    • user
      user 3 months ago

      I'm sure it's more special for the thirteen year-old boys making maze games were you find the "truth" if it's just them playing those games.

  • Renagade5150
    Renagade5150 3 months ago

    It's nice to see someone telling the truth about the "dark web." The reality is that many web privacy programs do exactly what the dark net is doing by its nature, and that is masking your activity on the internet....

  • 1D 1R A C U 1L A 209 !!

    If you want to change the government then change the minds of those governed. Maybe this guy needs to invent a DarkGoogle or DarkTVclip that leaves no trace of the user.

  • dakota
    dakota 3 months ago

    I like white hats :3

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      dakota 2 months ago


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      user 3 months ago


  • Richard Billings
    Richard Billings 3 months ago +1

    Phenomenon - been watching Ted for 12 hrs non stop. Only this video produced connectivity interruption every time.

    • kent neumann
      kent neumann 3 months ago

      Archie Godfrey - Hmm. Veddy veddy intadethting.
      Had similar issue awhile back. But my brain is so fogged, I can't remember the video topic.
      I even forgot it happened until I read your comment.
      You will have to test it out at different times to see if it was coincidental, accidental, or monumental.
      If you bother, let us know the results please.

  • justjess1986
    justjess1986 3 months ago

    "any place where humans congregate, u will have drugs". Ummmm nah. That is such a giant untruth. Lol

    • user
      user 3 months ago


  • justjess1986
    justjess1986 3 months ago

    Dude never even mention dark net until almost four minutes in u guys.

  • anibaljrbalt
    anibaljrbalt 3 months ago

    Well done. Insightful.

  • EvilHomer86
    EvilHomer86 4 months ago

    Bla bla bla

  • Rare Pepe
    Rare Pepe 4 months ago


  • Robert Lancey
    Robert Lancey 4 months ago

    This guy is total bull**it!!! He is trying to whitewash the dark net, why would he say that there is virtually no crime on dark net? This guy should be slapped in the face

  • Hipster 101
    Hipster 101 4 months ago +2

    The Government just wants to have their hand in EVERYTHING lol just more Power Plays

  • Pam Thomas
    Pam Thomas 4 months ago

    I don't even know how to find the deep web

  • David Burton
    David Burton 4 months ago

    No such thing as privacy in today's world.

  • Al Hilal
    Al Hilal 4 months ago


  • Bonnie Hundley
    Bonnie Hundley 4 months ago

    *Bill gave an excellent TEDTalk.*

  • Tanner Roberts
    Tanner Roberts 4 months ago

    "Add a public comment" that's what I saw as the empty text.

  • TheRealM00 The Original

    this guy touches on some truth but end of the day use vpn type security not tor