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What is the attitude with
which we must go about
doing our daily works?
to us today.
While performing your duties in your house or
outside, constantly remind yourself, "Whatever I do,
think or speak, everything belongs to God." The
proper attitude should be, 'Sarva karma Bhagavath
preethyartham'. Take for example, the process of
cooking. You add different ingredients to the dish
being cooked in definite proportions and try to make
them tasty. But the real taste comes only when the
job of cooking is done as an offering to God. The
food becomes divine when it is offered to God. On
the other hand, if the various items are cooked with
the attitude, 'I am doing this job as a routine; I am
cooking these items for my family members to
partake', it does not reach God. Hence undertake
every act in your life as an offering to God, chanting
His Name. Whatever you think, speak or do,
consider it as God's command, God's work.
Do all acts as offerings to God; do not classify some
as 'my work' and some as 'His work' - Baba1116001
A homeless man urinates on a building along Frederick Street, Port-
of-Spain recently. Scenes like this can be observed all over T&T, along
the highways and in every nook and cranny along the streets. Some
people seem unable to "hold it in." Something has to be done about
Recently, a British intelligence
official indicated that terror-
ists and criminals are using
media to plan and implement
The call for greater encryp-
tion of data, under privacy
concerns, it would appear,
might be playing right into the
hands of those bent on illegal,
anti-social destructive behav-
The digital connectivity that
blossomed with the coming of
age of the Internet comes with
a downside; the hosting of sites
that engage in the sale of arms,
drugs and pornography.
These sites, in order to avoid
detection by the law, utilise the
darknet, the purpose of which
is to not only hide the commu-
nications themselves but also
the fact that information is
So what is a darknet? It is
essentially a computer network,
with restricted access that is
mainly used for illegal informa-
It can be part of the Internet
address space that has been
specially configured so that it is
very difficult to trace or discov-
er by the usual means and thus
users face little risk of being
Popular darknets include Tor
(the so-called onion router),
Freenet and I2P.
These networks are usually of
a decentralised nature. The
information (e-mails, texts,
videos etc) is routed through a
maze of servers which makes it
very difficult to trace its source.
Many a time, these servers
are provided by volunteers.
Tor is the product of a US
intelligence agency developed
for the furthering of its goals.
It has been used to provide
digital connectivity in countries
in which the Internet and Face-
book have been banned,
restricted or monitored. It is
part of the Internet and
requires a special browser to
To make it secure from pry-
ing eyes, many layers of
encryption are included in the
network and hence its name;
the onion router.
It facilitated private commu-
nications in Egypt, which
allowed for the organising of
the protests that eventually
overthrew the Mubarak regime.
Military and law enforcement
personnel utilise it. So too jour-
nalists who need to satisfy the
anonymity requirements of
Recently, Facebook introduced
a facility for users to connect
directly to the social network
Co-operation between law
enforcement agencies and new
techniques to track down the
physical locations of servers
have resulted in significant suc-
cesses in detecting and closing
down sites on the darknet.
Three years ago, the Tor dark-
net was penetrated and some
40 child pornography sites were
taken down. Europol recently
closed down some 400 sites
that were believed to be
involved in selling illegal drugs
and weapons. Some arrests
were also made.
These, however significant, do
not represent or signify victory
in the war against cybercrime,
which is set to become a bit
more difficult with the concern
for individual privacy. This
concern has led tech companies
to start utilising even more
The Internet is thus proving
to be a double-edged sword. Its
value in education and business
is unquestionable. In social
media, the jury is out.
It is, however, proving to be a
boon to the criminal elements.
The darknet may have pro-
vided and indeed may provide
communication facilities for
people in repressed regimes.
But judging from the result of
the so-called Arab spring, one
may have to rethink the value
of this facility.
More importantly, the
anonymity provided by it can
also provide a secure environ-
ment for those intent on may-
hem and exploitation.
A balance must be struck, for
there is the danger that the bad
may outweigh the good.
Somewhere in the discussions,
the debate as to whether the
professed democratisation of
some countries is worth more
than the sexual exploitation of
children from all countries
must take place.
THE DARK SIDE OF
THE INTERNET: DARKNET
SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
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