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Welcome To DARK NET Season Two On Showtime

The 8-part docuseries, developed and produced by Vocativ, explores the furthest, darkest frontiers of the internet

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Illustration: R. A. Di Ieso
Apr 03, 2017 at 12:29 PM ET

A masked man robs a bank, and facial-recognition scanners say the criminal’s face matches yours. You didn’t do it, but your life is still disrupted as the accusation plays out in court.

A hacker emails you pictures of you and your boyfriend asleep in your bed, taken from your laptop’s camera — just to taunt you.

Your boss pulls biometric data from your Apple Watch, and then suggests you’d do better in early meetings if you got a little more sleep.

These stories aren’t science fiction, they’re real dispatches from the frontiers of a digital revolution that’s happening now. And it’s not just happening to us. We’re opting in, blindly handing data over to the companies and organizations we trust most — and losing our privacy, our civil rights, and even aspects of our humanity along the way. And yet, our future — and our relationship with the technology transforming every part of our world — is still in our hands.

Join us in shining a light on these shifts in the second season of DARK NET, which premieres on Showtime on Thursday, April 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The 8-part docuseries is developed and produced by Vocativ.

Each 30-minute installment of DARK NET will examine themes like sex robot companions, digital sweatshops, web sleuthing and criminal investigations, online financial domination, social media bullying, and more. Here on the site, we’ll be delving further into topics from each episode with thought-provoking stories, videos and original journalism. Read on — and let us know what you think.



THIS SEX DOLL IS DESIGNED TO MAKE YOU FALL IN LOVE: RealDoll claims its female robot will go beyond the sexual, teaching us to be kinder, more attentive, and better partners. Will it work? Read more here.

Plus:
Workplace Surveillance Is Your New Office ‘Perk’
How Virtual Reality Casinos Are Helping Gambling Addicts Quit
Virtual Sweatshops Paint A Bleak Picture Of The Future Of Work



THIS SUBREDDIT SOLVED A 20-YEAR-OLD MYSTERY — CAN IT HAPPEN AGAIN?: Meet the web sleuths trying to identify unidentified bodies and find closure for families with missing loved ones. Read more here.

PLUS:
This Is How Many Stingray Devices Exist In Trump’s America
This Teen’s Story Is Your Worst ‘Predictive Policing’ Nightmare


MEET A ‘FINANCIAL DOMINATRIX’ WHO CHARGES $44 TO FOLLOW HER ON SNAPCHAT: The key to being a successful financial dominatrix: Get your subs to pay for everything from your snaps to your afternoon lounging by the pool. Read more here.

PLUS:
Can Bitcoin Step In And Save A Failing State?
The Cashless Future Will Be A Surveillance Nightmare




HE USED TO BE A SKINHEAD, NOW HE REHABILITATES NEO-NAZIS ONLINE: Christian Picciolini’s organization is being bombarded by people who want help extricating themselves or their loved ones from white supremacist groups. Read more here.

PLUS:
The Rise Of The ‘Muslim Free’ Gun Store
From Moderate Republican To Neo-Nazi…In About 18 Months
Meet The Kids Of The French Far-Right



FACIAL RECOGNITION IS EVERYWHERE — BUT SO ARE TOOLS TO DEFEAT IT: The new Privacy Visor is one of many devices designed to thwart facial detection systems. Read more here.

PLUS:
Ex-Cops On A Mission To Put Facial Recognition In Stores
Faulty Facial Recognition Ruined This Man’s Life
Our Terrible History Of Using Biased Technology To Lock People Up



HIDDEN CAMERAS AND ZOOM LENSES: MEET THE VOYEUR PORNOGRAPHERS: Revenge porn gets all the attention, but other forms of nonconsensual adult content are thriving under the radar. Read more here.

PLUS:
When Neighborhood Watch Meets Big Brother
Why Doctors Are Using Facial Recognition On Babies
This Tech Helped Parents Find Their Abducted Son — 27 Years Later



MEET THE JEWISH WARRIORS TRAINING TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM: Inside Legion, the non-profit teaching Jews how to protect themselves. Read more here.

PLUS
Here’s How Facebook Knows Who You Meet In Real Life
Can These Apps Really Help You Escape Your Own Filter Bubble?
How The Law Protects Students Who Cyber-Bully Their Teachers



WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID OF ROBOTS WITH FEELINGS?: Machines that look too much like people make us uncomfortable — but what about machines that act like people? Read more here.

PLUS:
The Organization That’s Tracking People With Mental Illnesses
How A Quest To Text The Dead Led To A Strangely Therapeutic App