Defending Tor – gateway to the dark web

When Roger Dingledine talks about the dark web, he waves his hands in the air – as if not quite convinced of its existence.

I give him the benefit of the doubt – his arguably blasé attitude, I think, is a symptom of being consistently called upon to defend his creation.

He is the co-creator of Tor, the most popular software available for gaining access to the part of the internet unreachable using a conventional browser – including what is often referred to as the dark or underground web.

To some, Tor is a menace: a (largely) impenetrable system that enables some of the most depraved crimes to take place on the internet.

To others, it is a lifeline, the only way to safely access the online services that most of us take for granted.