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

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  • Eric Smith
    Eric Smith 15 days ago +1

    Tell em Bill ..
    Their a bunch of Midevil Di:ks

  • mark d
    mark d 18 days ago

    Is he Bill or Ted?

    KNIGHTRHYD 23 days ago

    He works for government now with alias I would believe. Very interesting lecture.

  • Charles Martin jr
    Charles Martin jr 27 days ago +1

    I think that we need to go back to beepers and pay phones.

  • mr international
    mr international Month ago +1

    Bill on TEDs excellent speech

  • Tyler Garza
    Tyler Garza Month ago

    The Silk Road is still a thing though. I don't understand why so many people write it off as being dead. It's actually confusing.

  • Steven Grimes
    Steven Grimes Month ago

    I'm still watching.. Silk road trials brought up... More info about it.. More info.. Still hasn't mentioned that the Law enforcement officials that infiltrated it were also tried for being bad actors and impersonated Albrecht in the process and their activities were hidden from the jury. There is little public about what they did specifically but unknown if entrapment or false evidence was used against Albrecht. Also, the "solicitation of murder" was not ever charged but was used by the judge during sentencing to trump up the length of sentence.

  • Elizabeth F.
    Elizabeth F. Month ago

    I think the feds and, most importantly, Big Pharma, didn't like Silk Road because it infringed on their dope-selling business. People aren't going to stop buying dope, EVER. The feds can implement their lame "drug wars" all they want. They might stop a few, but they are just creating an inroad for the cartels. I don't use dope, but if I did, I'd rather buy in the privacy of my own home than getting it out on the streets. Duh.

  • villagelightsmith
    villagelightsmith Month ago

    Mid-Atlantic ... Somewhere near the Azores?

  • Henock Sandesh
    Henock Sandesh Month ago

    He said that we need to go dark, and he also said that everything is already going dark by default 😂

  • Cold Hard Truth Mofo!
    Cold Hard Truth Mofo! 2 months ago +2

    He was crazy in the Lost Boys

  • The Wakeup Call truth to be told

    Love this video privacy is most important to me

    • Pete G
      Pete G 18 days ago

      A comma after the word, video might have helped me as slow as I was.

    • Pete G
      Pete G 18 days ago

      Sorry, I really miss read that and I ran my mouth before engaging my brain. Sorry sir

  • ccc ddd
    ccc ddd 2 months ago

    Ya so terrorists can use I realise why gorernments keep track of what ppl are doing on internet

  • Wayne Florida
    Wayne Florida 2 months ago +1

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation

    15:56 bravo six, going dark.

  • Tom Sugars
    Tom Sugars 2 months ago

    i wished i watched this video in 2015 and bought bitcoin

  • Elizabeth Shaw
    Elizabeth Shaw 2 months ago

    I have been in the dark web many times and you are incredibly wrong!!

    DONATK1N'S GAMES 3 months ago +389

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  • УниверсалЪ
    УниверсалЪ 3 months ago

    Hello! Interested in darknet, but you can not find working legit sites? deepweblinks2onion(.)com - No thanks;)

  • Jason Polzin
    Jason Polzin 3 months ago

    Very well said sir. I am impressed by the man who used to say Ruuufus!

  • Matt Calza
    Matt Calza 3 months ago

    That was surprisingly good.

  • FaithHopeLove75
    FaithHopeLove75 3 months ago

    Friends w Keanu Reeves...hence The Matrix. Pay attention to the details of movies. Some are exposing the truth, some are rubbing their bs in our faces.

  • MedicalMick420 Mick
    MedicalMick420 Mick 3 months ago


    ٍSVLLA L.CORNELIVS 3 months ago

    is this an invitation to the Dark Side? lord Vader? hopefully, because if every one is monitored and hacked on the entire Web, how is it possible to defend our privacy on TVclip and Facebook? im guessing the primary mean of facebook and youtube is to make you isolate your self physically, and thus you're unable to do anything neither physically nor virtually. i believe all we can do is turn off the artificial CPUs and turn on our natural ones.

  • Pablo davis
    Pablo davis 3 months ago

    Can sum one teach me how to access am use the dark web

  • monstersince
    monstersince 3 months ago +1

    hopefully some of this sank in

  • Keith Ridenhour
    Keith Ridenhour 3 months ago

    Duuuude. K

  • Hated_I_Am
    Hated_I_Am 3 months ago

    I bet he watches some ordinary gamers

  • linc thomas
    linc thomas 3 months ago

    bill espresten esquire!!!

  • scott b
    scott b 3 months ago

    Wild Stallions still rule. Thanks for the info.

  • Lucas P
    Lucas P 3 months ago

    Good talk!
    On the lighter side of things... Ted already went Neo in the Matrix's dark web.

  • Brian Manning
    Brian Manning 3 months ago

    Sounds like Bill is upset that Ted got the role on The Matrix

  • brand-an
    brand-an 3 months ago

    first step is a weaken google

  • brand-an
    brand-an 3 months ago


  • Scott Parkhurst
    Scott Parkhurst 3 months ago +2

    Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither. "a quote from our founding fathers."

    • Pete G
      Pete G 18 days ago

      It was Mr. Franklin. Thank you very much.

  • Melissa Coburn
    Melissa Coburn 3 months ago

    Very interesting I'm intrigued

  • Melissa Coburn
    Melissa Coburn 3 months ago

    Very smart video

  • Ad La
    Ad La 3 months ago

    I really love this man!! He's incredibly smart!!

  • K. R.
    K. R. 3 months ago


  • DJ Gaming
    DJ Gaming 3 months ago

    Hawkeye does Ted Talk

  • Shikher Srivastava
    Shikher Srivastava 4 months ago +1

    Only the paranoid survive.

  • Scott Shapiro
    Scott Shapiro 4 months ago


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      Scott Shapiro 4 months ago

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  • jeff murray
    jeff murray 4 months ago

    It was and is a major crime to tamper with or breach the United States postal service. That law was initiated at the very beginning. Privacy at that time was the expected and respected. What has happened since then? Simply that the government does not care. Actually they benefit from a lack of privacy. I’ll bet if you hijack the postman today they wouldn’t even prosecute. Unless of course you did it in DC.

  • Internet Quality Police
    Internet Quality Police 4 months ago +1

    Bill & Ted's bogus conspiracy theory. "THEY" are tracking us.

  • larry fulkerson
    larry fulkerson 4 months ago

    you can't get off unless you cough

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    Elron anderson 4 months ago

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  • Mig Mo
    Mig Mo 4 months ago +1

    Awesome talk! I used ARPANET or ARPA' s network in the mid 70's and sadley all the grand ideas of freedoms the computer was to unleash have become the surveillance state to enslave.

    • Pete G
      Pete G 18 days ago

      Yes and without DNS servers in those days you had to know someone to find a computer to connect to.
      Do you remember the printed list of popular servers? I do. I subscribed to one and would have a few copies if I had not had a really bad house fire.

  • Birch Damon
    Birch Damon 4 months ago +3

    What happened to old-fashioned business face-to-face with a handshake and a contract

  • Jose J Garcia
    Jose J Garcia 4 months ago

    Here here

  • Chris Bellar
    Chris Bellar 4 months ago

    Lol, Be excellent to each other !

  • Chris Bellar
    Chris Bellar 4 months ago


  • Deon Van der Westhuizen

    If you use a free service, you must realize what free is.

  • Deon Van der Westhuizen
    Deon Van der Westhuizen 4 months ago +1

    That teenage fan did not realize your taste in woman was the likes of Ramsey Ann Naito.

  • Its Agro
    Its Agro 4 months ago


  • Louis Cypher
    Louis Cypher 4 months ago +1

    Fighting back creating a Web site that sells drugs, guns and murder? Yeah, makes sense. Lol

  • Timo
    Timo 4 months ago

    "Zero criminal activity"

    • kingkeefage
      kingkeefage 4 months ago

      He was talking about the DEEP Web, not the DARK Web, which he acknowledged DOES inhibit and exhibit criminal activity.

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    APPRECIATE YOUR WORK TED : America Has Never Been What We All Want To Trust That It Is ...

  • Matthew Hall
    Matthew Hall 4 months ago

    I feel like this was a feel good propaganda

  • james pansini
    james pansini 5 months ago

    Now in order to get a gun, even if you pass the 10 day holding period for it, the FED govt can still tell the retail shop they are still looking into it and will let the retail shop know when he can release it...!! I think they are using a person's ip address to see if he is a Trump supporter so they can deny the gun...!! And now in Calif. there is a new law that activates this July which adds a $1 fee every time you buy ammo for your gun so another background check can be done...!! If they can get the guns, they will just limit the ammo...!!
    Pretty soon everyone that owns a gun will be forced to the "darkweb" in order to get around all this control....!!

  • Manuel Serratos
    Manuel Serratos 5 months ago

    Extremely needed talk, yet totally wasted after all this time, just ask others of the real heroes of our times, Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and Snowden. The powers that be have not let up at all and any college student who did the same as the example he showed from Austin, TX will face the same fate.

    Our world, and especially heavy use computer nations like the USA, are risking to end up as dictatorships like North Korea. We still live far better than in NK, but the US government already has similar powers as the North Korean, it can take all your possessions or even kill you and it ab-uses those powers rather often. Meanwhile its partner the media either ignores most of this abuse or justifies such abuse by slandering the abused people as potential criminals of any sort...most of you people will believe whatever the media and politicians tells them, yet pretend to be smart and skeptical of them. What many of you don't realize is that you're only and only skeptical of those you deem as opposites of you, your ideas and "values".