Session:Deep Graphics

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Description UPDATE: we are now integrating with "From Bad Public Data to Beautiful Open Narratives - The Brazilian Ministry of Culture case". All information below still valid.

We will present a visualization performance of graphics made by data analysis on Tor hidden services, explaining how the scraping tool works and what is the definition of the so called "deep web".

Website(s) Bad Public Data to Beautiful Open Narratives - The Brazilian Ministry of Culture case,
Type Workshop
Kids session No
Keyword(s) social, political, software, art, network, web, coding
Tags "Deep Web", Dark Web, Tor, Onionspace, Data Visualization
Processing village Village:La Quadrature du Camp
Person organizing User:Lucastx
Language en - English
en - English
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Starts at 2015/08/15 16:00
Ends at 2015/08/15 17:00
Duration 60 minutes
Location Village:La Quadrature du Camp

Starts at 2015/08/16 18:00
Ends at 2015/08/16 20:00
Duration 120 minutes
Location Village:La Quadrature du Camp

Explonatory mapping of TOR network focused on human rights enablers websites

UPDATE (2015-09-16): Slides from second day session

General Goal

Terminologies like deep web, dark web, hidden web or others have been more and more associated to a space where illegal activities take place, pushing the concept of anonymity to a pejorative interpretation. Marginalization or criminalization of anonymity tools can represent a real threat to freedom of expression and ultimately to democracy. Therefore, our general goal is to bring another narrative, against the marginalization of anonymity, by showing a picture of websites that are important for empowering rights that are using the current deepweb structure, ej, whisterblower pages.

Specific goal

Graphics made by data analysis on Tor hidden services.


1. Build a crawling departuring from the Hidden Wiki

2. Analizing and classifing the data for dataviz.

3. Create a datavisualization tool with different filter that could enable us to see there human rights topics associated to Tor network.



(Old?) Description

Data visualization is not just a powerful tool that allow us to understand information, but it’s also a contemporary art image of our representation in the current time.

We want to provoke the anonymity marginalization showing a picture of institutional (governments) sites, human rights organizations and whisterblower pages that are using the current deepweb structure.

The tool used to build the graphics will be presented and the participants will have a chance to used it and make their own analysis.

In this context we want also to open the discussion about Deepweb definitions and about what criterias we used to get our data.

The project can be divided in four steps, which may be done before or during the camp itself:

1. Brainstorm about the focus and scope of our work (e.g. decide which kinds of websites we will work with)

2. Build scripts to index onion sites, or use already existing databases such as Ahmia’s

3. “Mojitos night”: get the team and colaborators together to explore the onion sites, decide which taxonomies, categories and relationships we will use to structure data about them, and then apply them and feed the results to visualization tools.

4. Workshop: we will use this previous analysis’ data on a workshop in which participants play with and learn about both the visualization tools themselves and the “deep web” websites. Some of the graphs may show chronological relationships, while others may be based on which sites link to which others, with possible filters such as language, main topics, types of platform (wiki, blog, forum etc), etc.


Data visualization

  • Graph Commons: Graph Commons is a collaborative 'network mapping' platform and a knowledge base of relationships.
  • Gephi: Gephi is an interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs.

Hidden services / Onion web

  • This is a search engine for hidden onion sites running inside Tor network.
  • OnionBot: This is a Scrapy project to crawl .onion websites from the Tor network.


Fernanda Shirakawa is a designer that loves technology. She develops online communication projects, web programming, and information security projects. Highly interested in feminism and women empowerment through technology. She works with Escola de Ativismo and participates in projects such as Antivigilancia, RodAdaHacker, MariaLab hackerspace and Coding Rights.

Joana Varon: Brazilian researcher and advocate for privacy rights and freedom of expression, founder and Director Coding Rights, aThink-and-Do tank created to research, promote the understanding and contribute to advance in political struggles to enforce Human Rights in the digital world by bridging the gap within technologists and digital rights advocates. Consultant of Consumers International on privacy rights in a project between Brazil and Germany; with Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade, on surveillance and digital security; and with Global Partners Digital on Internet Governance from the perspective of emerging economies. Member of the Advisory Board of the WebWeWant, a campaign from the World Wide Web Foundation, and from the Advisory Council of Open Technology Fund. Willing to translate these issues to the all internet users, she is co-creator of several creative projects operating in the interplay between law, arts and technologies, such as:, and and recently joined Deep Lab.

Lucas Teixeira is a developer, sysadmin and researcher, co-creator of Oficina Antivigilancia and editor of Boletim Antivigilância. Lead by community spirit, he is used to work in collaborative and voluntary projects for freedom of expression and free software, agroecology and free education. Computer geek since 13 years old, he studied Computer Science and has been involved in software development and system implementation, such as SMS Broadcast, a system do send bulk SMS to alert poor communities about forced evictions in Rio during the city's preparation for the World Cup and the Olympics. We has also been developing workshop methods for digital security trainings, producing and translating documentation and platforms about the topic, through Oficina Antivigilância,, Security in a Box and Email Self Defense.

Rafael Polo is a Computer Scientist & Software Developer who works in several interdisciplinary projects for more than a decade. From teaching hypertext programming, to the development of public data mining and its relevant visualisation; from architecting and implementing decision support systems with linguists, to image processing, web crawlers and full collaborative platforms. Having solid skills in servers, databases and frontend development, hack and builds many systems with designers and architects, artists and activists.

Renata Avila is a Human Rights Lawyer and public notary from Guatemala. She holds a Law Degree from University Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala and a Master of Law in Intellectual Property from University of Turin in Italy. She currently work from Berlin, for the World Wide Web Foundation directing the Web We Want initiative, which aims to create a positive, human rights agenda for Internet users, promoting legal and policy reform in priority countries in the global south. From there she supports regional and global struggles for human rights, social justice and freedom of expression. She currently serves as member of Creative Commons Board of Directors and the Advisory board of Courage Foundation. She is a regular legal advisor on diverse human rights issues, under the guidance of former Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón Real.

Yasodara Cordova: worked on cad models since whe was twelve. Then, she took a degree in Industrial Design at UnB and worked on several projects, from furniture to jewels with alternative materials, until she met open source software. As a consequence, she worked with news and multimedia journalism developing software and designing data visualization - won 2 Brazilian's journalism prizes on human rights & journalism - and started working for UN as consultor on technology for public participation in law making processes. Between working in the public consultation for the "Marco Civil da Internet do Brasil" and co-found the Calango Hackerspace at the capital of Brazil, she turned into a serial public participation maker until she received an invitation to work at W3C Brazil Office, where she co-chairs the working group on data on the Web Best Practices and participates at the Web-payments WG, research about the Web and lead projects that can inspire change at society. She also works with CodingRights, and a is a proud single mother.