Atheist666 is 38, single, and based in Seattle, Washington. He is going through a wilderness phase in his life, which has made him a drug vendor on hidden online marketplaces.
"Right now I'm doing this as I try to steer my life out of its current stasis," says Atheist666 (a Net pseudonym), who studied economics, comparative religion and literature at university. "Maybe someday I'll figure out what I want to do when I grow up."
Till then he intends to be a part of a growing community of underground entrepreneurs based out of the Deep Web.
Imagine a space where everything is available to you. No authority can dictate what you can or cannot purchase or what information can be shared. A place where there is unlimited freedom. Technology allows such a place to exist.
It's called the Deep Web or Darknet or Hidden Web. Running beneath the World Wide Web of Facebook, Google and YouTube, the Deep Web is like a vast, dark ocean. The web, in comparison, is like a pond.
Every time you sink into the Deep Web, this world fades, and is replaced by one far more terrible and strange. One can deal in drugs, weapons, contract a killer, hire a hacker or meet jihadists here, all completely untraced.
These entrepreneurs claim to be heirs of Austrian economists such as Ludwig von Mises, in the sense that they hold libertarian economic beliefs and deep scepticism of government intervention, especially in the monetary system.
For example, most of Deep Web's dealings are in the virtual currency, bitcoin. Unlike conventional currencies, bitcoin's integrity is maintained by the computing power of thousands of users, and not by any bank or government.
Text: Ashish Sharma, Business Standard
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