A nextgen Darknet is in the works...
Tor plans to double the encryption strength of hidden service’s identity key and to allow offline storage for that key, a major security upgrade.
Next-gen hidden services will also be able to run from multiple hosts to better deal with denial of service attacks and high traffic, closing the scalability gap between the Dark Net and normal websites.
Led by data scientist Christopher White, this project is explicitly not aimed at de-anonymizing any Tor user or “accessing information not intended to be publicly available,” according to a recent DARPA blog post. Still, government funding of Tor—which, by the way, was invented as a U.S. Navy research project in 2002—has always been somewhat controversial.
This isn't the first time DARPA has contributed financially to Tor. A 2001-2006 stint as sponsor stands next to similar grants from the U.S. Navy, State Department, and the National Science Foundation as government sponsorships over the past decade. #DarkNet #NextGen