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It’s “the first known major media outlet to launch a version of its site
that runs as a ‘hidden service’ on the Tor network, the anonymity
system that powers the thousands of untraceable websites that are
sometimes known as the darknet or dark web. “

On Wednesday, ProPublica became the first known major media outlet to launch a version of its site that runs as a “hidden service” on the Tor network. Facebook launched its own dark web version in 2014. You can set up your own site if you wish.

According to, ProPublica first began considering launching a hidden service last year when the news site was working on a report about Chinese online censorship and wanted to make sure the reporting was itself safe to visit for Chinese readers. Like other news sites, ProPublica also accepts
anonymous tips and leaks through its SecureDrop server, another Tor hidden service.

The move, ProPublica says, is designed to offer the best possible privacy protections for its visitors seeking to read the site’s news with their anonymity fully intact. TNW news: “ProPublica is a standalone non-profit newsroom that prizes itself on producing independent investigative journalism that’s in the public interest, so it will be interesting to see if it can take this mission further under the cover of the Dark Web.”

Unlike mere SSL encryption, which hides the content of the site a web visitor is accessing, the Tor hidden service would ensure that even the fact that the reader visited ProPublica’s website would be hidden from an eavesdropper or Internet service provider.” (Wired)

Onion GuideOnionshop Guide: How to set up a hidden service?


I just read “Bitcoin trading platform defrauds China investors.” Hmmm… so BitCoin may not be such a good, safe, secure idea after all?

  1. Re-thinking BitCoin | Dave Lucas Reports

    May 29, 2013 – Before I get to BitCoin: The post-Memorial Day financial news consists of “wow, the housing market is up” and “wow, every Tuesday the stock 

  2. Hedge Your Money – BitCoin | Dave Lucas Reports

    Apr 4, 2013 – Great radio stories can be told in about three minutes and thirty seconds. Send items, tips, press releases, and more to davelucasblog -at- imap.

  3. Dave Lucas: Living on Bitcoin? Is it Possible??

    Jul 11, 2013 – Bitcoin,
    the currency of the Internet, is distributed, worldwide, decentralized
    digital money. Unlike traditional currencies such as dollars, bitcoins 

  4. Dave Lucas – Google+ – Missed out on the Bitcoin rush? You have a

    Dave Lucas. Shared publicly – 2013-08-30 · #Bitcoin. Missed out on the Bitcoin rush? You have a second chance! Dave Lucas: Coin Toss · davelucas.blogspot.


The Associated Press reports that in his first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama urged Congress to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation’s middle class. He gave the Nation an optimistic (in my opinion) pep talk, and his references to the Middle Class caught my ear several times.

Obama’s not the only leader interested in the Middle Class. China wants to “grow” its Middle Class, too… you may have heard about (Google if you have not) those “Chinese ghost cities” – far from the conspiracy theories that have sprung up around them, they evidently built for people – new “inductees” if you will to the Middle Class. These people, it is theorized, will be plucked from areas of China that, similar to certain areas in North America, seem to be in the crosshairs of climate change.

When you think “Middle Class” think “Commerce Class” or “Trading Class” – the citizens of both nations who will buy and sell, need and consume. There will still be “the rich” and “the poor” but their numbers will be greatly diminished, if plans come together. “Getting there” is half the battle. The bigger half involves the “leveling” of classes and neigborhoods and communities – China may have the ticket with those brand new “Ghost Cities” – everybody moving in will, theoretically, be on equal ground. The U.S. has for several years been reviving dead downtowns, cleaning up brownfields, and rebuilding run down neighborhoods. Primarily in the Northeast and throughout the Rust Belt. And soon places prone to climate change-related devastation will be purged of buildings and people. So both countries are prepping for the eventual emergence of practical societies. Not Utopias, not Orwellian, just pragmatic.

I posted the SOTU transcript here. Paul Krugman has the last word on the Republican response.

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