In 2017 the debate continues: Apple vs. Android.
If you enjoy the freedom of modifying features on your phone, then the Android is for you. However, if you prefer a product that has pre-organised everything for you and allows for no further adjustments, then go for the Apple iPhone.
According to Zittrain, most consumers today are willing to sacrifice the freedom of customisation for security and prefer the unmodifiable nature of products, like the iPhone.
For companies like Apple, is it about protection or control when we are prevented from doing certain things?
A scary realisation comes to mind when we think of the dark web. Once you have gained access to it the amount, and type, of content available is limitless:
This image presents a rough visual breakdown of content on the surface web compared to that on the deep web and the dark web. This comparison is astounding.
Considering this visual, is the surface web an example of a locked forum or a walled garden of content, where only specific information is allowed to exist?
Contrastingly, the dark web seems to have no walled garden of content. The dark web contains the worst kinds of information possible, as evident in the above image.
However, is it possible that the dark web is not THAT bad? UK cyber security firm, Digital Shadows, has developed a search engine for the dark web. Their purpose is to prevent corruption within companies by inside or outside sources:
Through this search engine, and others including Tor, it is much easier for anyone to access it.
But why would people want to venture into the dark web in the first place? Precisely because of the freedom and breadth of information that they can access. Facebook is now accessible down there and censorship of the internet by governments does not apply. This freedom of censorship is perfect for journalists or activists who may be working in countries that have strict internet regulations. It allows users complete power and control over what they want to look up. However, this power is a double edged sword as users are within a domain where cybercrime frequently occurs and where illegal information flourishes. Consequently, this can make them a target for investigation by the government.
If people grow tired of internet restrictions on the surface web, is it possible that the dark web may become more popular? If this occurs will the surface web expand its resources in order to prevent users from switching sides? There is no certainty regarding what the future holds in the deep and dark web.