Darknet. Weapons, drugs, whistleblowers. How the digital underworld works

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14 November 2017, 19:00
Stefan Mey
Forming part of the series "Zur Sache..." – Authors in the Staatsbibliothek

Stefan Mey | © Ralf Rühmeier

Stefan Mey | © Ralf Rühmeier

Series "Zur Sache..." – Authors in the Staatsbibliothek

About the event

A 19 year-old selling almost one ton of illegal drugs from his parent's home... Whistleblowers who transfer highly sensitive information under cover of anonymity. All of this exists in the darknet. What does this parallel universe look like? Is the darknet good, evil or something in-between? Who is looking for protection by the digital anonymity, and why?

The darknet is polarising and puzzling. Many people find it scary and exciting in equal measure. The journalist Stefan Mey wanted to get a firsthand impression of this. And he was astonished how quickly he got "in". He realized quickly that a large proportion of the information circulating about the darknet belongs to the realm of myths and that there exists not much real knowledge. Mey has spoken to researchers and combed through dozens of scientific studies of the darknet in search of usable results. Via tap-proof channels and in complex initiation and preparation procedures, he has approached people from the "dark" side of the darknet.

Moderator: Dirk von Gehlen, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Personal information

Stefan Mey is a freelance journalist. He has written articles and contributions about the darknet for numerous media, such as, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Heise online or Le Monde Diplomatique. In the course of his investigative research, he has managed to gain detailed insight into the reality, the inconsistency and the potential of the darknet like hardly any other journalist.

About the series

"Zur Sache..." – "To the point...", authors in the Staatsbibliothek, is a series of events jointly organised by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Deutsche Verlagsanstalt (DVA) and the Carl Hanser publishing house, with the kind support of the Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the book trader Lehmkuhl.

Information overview

Date14 November 2017, 19:00
VenueBayerische Staatsbibliothek, Fürstensaal, 1st floor
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Public transportUnderground lines U3/ U6, bus lines 150/ 153/ 154, station/ bus stop Universität
Bus lines 100/ 153, bus stop Von-der-Tann-Strasse
RegistrationThe event is already fully booked!
Please register by e-mail to or by calling +49 89 28638-2115
AdmissionAdmission is free.
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