The Investigative Lens
Investigative thinking requires a specific type of lens. People are naturally prone to bias. Each of us, all humans, fall prey to multiple cognitive biases. These are natural and occur without us being aware. Analytical thinking that rises above bias to trace the causal flow of an incident can be challenging. Validating information, challenging each assumption along the way, and thought to checks and balances go along way. The appropriate lens to use in investigative thinking is one without bias.
The Dark Web is an unconnected collection of private spaces online where communication, sharing, and transactions can often occur in plain sight. Since Google only crawls 4% of the Internet, 96% is out of reach to standard web users. The number of hidden spaces created to facilitate private conversations on the Dark Web has surged. The Tor network, Openbazaar, Zeronet, I2P, Discord, and Telegram are all considered part of the Dark Web.