The "dark Web" isn't all guns, drugs, and child pornography: The hidden reaches of the Internet are home to discussion forums, radio stations, and now, a major news site. ProPublica has launched a version of itself that can only be accessed through the Tor anonymity network, allowing users in countries like China to dodge censors without leaving clues behind, and allowing anonymous sources to safely view the stories they helped create, Wired reports. "Everyone should have the ability to decide what types of metadata they leave behind," ProPublica Web developer Mike Tigas tells Wired. "We don't want anyone to know that you came to us or what you read."
Other major sites, even ones as big as Facebook, already have a "dark Web" presence, but as a Pulitzer-winning nonprofit, ProPublica's strong reputation will make it a site people "can look to to prove that the service isn't merely a wretched hive of scum and [villainy]," Engadget notes. ProPublica hopes to serve as an example to other sites. "Personally I hope other people see that there are uses for hidden services that aren't just hosting illegal sites," Tigas tells Wired. "Having good examples of sites like ProPublica and SecureDrop using hidden services shows that these things aren't just for criminals." (A British researcher considered the dark Web a good thing, until he discovered what accounted for 80% of its traffic.)