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Dark Net is a documentary series that explores the impact of technology on love, sex, power, children, our memories, our senses, our identities, and even our physical selves.

Crush
Episode 1: Crush

Original Air Date: Jan 21, 2016

Technology is opening up new possibilities for physical, sexual and romantic relationships with astonishing speed. But is seeking human connection virtually a positive step forward or are we stunting our intimate lives? In this episode, meet a cyber BDSM couple who use tracking technology to fulfill their master slave relationship; an eligible bachelor in Japan who has fallen in love with a virtual girlfriend; and a revenge porn victim whose life was upended when her private naked photos were published online. Series premiere.

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Upgrade
Episode 2: Upgrade

Original Air Date: Jan 28, 2016

Technology is evolving from an external tool we wield when needed to an always-there presence that is with us, on us, even inside of us. As we become more and more wired, are we becoming digital devices ourselves? In this episode meet a Swedish mom who implanted an RFID chip as a lifestyle choice; a filmmaker who lost his eye in a gun accident and replaced it with a camera; and the so-called "world most connected man," who uses between 300-700 tracking and life logging systems to monitor every aspect of his life.

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Exploit
Episode 3: Exploit

Original Air Date: Feb 4, 2016

The digital era gives rise to unprecedented opportunity to exploit, and be exploited. Troves of child pornography are available at the click of a mouse. Who are these children - and who profits from their abuse? While facilitating the darker side of our impulses, technology is also being touted as a cure to rehabilitate predators. In this episode meet the children who are forced to perform sex acts on camera; people who use the same technology to protect kids and nab the perpetrators; plus, a pedophile who reveals the roots of his addiction.

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CTRL
Episode 4: CTRL

Original Air Date: Feb 11, 2016

The Internet is an uncontrollable labyrinth of content and imagery that operates under loose laws and partial anonymity - a new frontier where people can do anything and see anything, whether they should or not. In this lawless landscape, who's in control? The protectors? The abusers? In this episode meet the content moderators who watch the worst of the Internet so you don't have to; a convicted hacker whose punishment was the virtual prison of the unplugged; plus, a blackhat hacker who encrypts and holds computer files hostage.

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Trapped
Episode 5: Trapped

Original Air Date: Feb 18, 2016

The Internet promises us escape from reality. We can go places we never thought possible and express ourselves as never before. But as we sit in our homes surrounded by screens, are we free... and safe? In this episode meet a woman pulled into an online cult from the safety of her bedroom; a former pilot who suffers from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity and can only find relief in the absence of electricity and wifi; plus, a quadriplegic who uses cutting-edge adaptive robotics and virtual reality to transcend his body's limitations.

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Rewire
Episode 6: Rewire

Original Air Date: Feb 25, 2016

The Internet enables us to connect with people, images and information in ways that were unimaginable 30 years ago. But with every click we are re-wiring the physical structure of our brains. Are we evolving or actively de-evolving down a dopamine-laced click-hole? In this episode meet a 17-year-old boy struggling with an addiction to online pornography; autistic technologists in Silicon Valley who are turning their genetic variation to an advantage; plus, Nootropics, a class of cognition-enhancing supplements that claims to rewire the brain.

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Provoke
Episode 7: Provoke

Original Air Date: Mar 3, 2016

We all project images of ourselves online - a curated identity that defines how we want to be perceived. But what temptations exist to embellish and what are the dark implications? In this episode, enter the world of Cyberbanging, where inner city youth are using social media to brag, conspire and incite violence; two African-American women bloggers who have turned the table on the trolls who threaten them; and the creator of Abdullah X, an online character who's trying to keep Muslim kids from falling under the spell of Islamic extremists.

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Revolt
Episode 8: Revolt

Original Air Date: Mar 10, 2016

The Internet is changing everything: providing voice to the voiceless, undercutting power - yet also creating new means of control as forces push back against authority. In this episode meet an abuse victim and activist who uses technology to document and report police abuse; the heir to a rabbinic dynasty who's turned away from Brooklyn's Hasidim after finding a world he never knew existed online; and an entrepreneur whose 3-D printing technology enables building untraceable, undetectable guns from the comfort of your own home. Season finale.

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2 Seasons, 16 Episodes

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  • Season 2

    Season two documents the vast extent to which our collected information and data is building an interconnected global net that has perhaps rendered us the last generation of privacy.

    Season 2
  • Season 1

    Dark Net is a documentary series that explores the impact of technology on love, sex, power, children, our memories, our senses, our identities, and even our physical selves.

    Season 1
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