With recent take-downs of darknet markets and websites the whole “scene” seems to be going silent. There are less and less public hangouts of any kind, and future sysops being willing to run something similar. To some it may seem that this is a bad thing, that this will lead to the darknet becoming obsolete. However, the “dark ages of the darknet” might not be such a bad thing. When people talk about “dark ages” they have misleading images in their mind.
The darknet has been one the most fascinating topics for me, ever since it started to shape my life years ago. These days it seems that it is becoming a buzz word, along with the word cryptoanarchy. For this reason I thought it would be interesting to sit down with two known thinkers, but more important doers, from the “scene” and discuss these topics with them. To keep it in style, the interview was conducted on the oldest darknet IRC server there is, home of both Frank Braun and Smuggler, and one of my favorite virtual hangouts.