Monday 17 June 2019

It was the week that... Light was shone on the 'Darknet'

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
The Berlin Wall
Russell Brand
Barack Obama
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The "Darknet" made the news this week when two Dublin men were charged with involvement in a drug-dealing operation using the restricted side of the web. Bond-style monikers aside, what is it?

The Darknet is a vast private network similar to the internet we are all familiar with except carefully hidden from search engines. Think of it as a landmark that's not on any maps. Darknet sites are used in politically volatile regions, but also for criminal activities.

 

German chancellor Angela Merkel led celebrations this week to mark a quarter-century since East and West Berlin were reunited, marking the end of the Cold War. The world-changing event, Merkel said, was a sign that "dreams can come true" and "nothing has to stay as it is."

 

Russell Brand vexed even his most loyal fans this week by hijacking an online gag originated at his expense. After followers started mocking his verbose style with responses of "Parklife!", Brand appropriated the gag himself, even recording a video with Rubberbandits. It stopped being funny immediately. As Insider's music critic Richie McCormack tweeted, "it's like your teacher telling you they watch your favourite show."

 

The Gretsch guitar John Lennon played on the Beatles' hit Paperback Writer was put up for auction, expected to fetch up to £80,000.

 

Blame Game: "The buck stops right here at my desk." Obama took the hit this week for his party's midterm defeat.                                              

 

Angelina Jolie is known for her charity work, but has hinted that she may one day ditch acting for a political career. "When you work as a humanitarian," she told Vanity Fair, "you are conscious that politics have to be considered. I am conscious of what I do for a living, and that [could] make it less possible."

Irish Independent

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