Some "Darknet" or "Deepnet" portals (as of Spring 2015)

     NOTE: In each case, I urge you go inspect the home page of the site without clicking on any of its links.  You will learn much by examining how these sites present themselves to you, but if you click on links, you open yourself to potential investigation by the FBI or DHS, and your computer may be infected with malware or hijacked by a "botnet."  Some links will lead you to sites dangerous to your computer, or even your life.  Each of these sites are the equivalent of a real, lawless pirate outpost that any computer linked to the Internet can access.  When we get to print and manuscript text production, we will encounter "outlaw" text productions that would have been considered similarly dangerous to their cultures and political authorities.  These are "our pirates" and "our thugs"--please beware and limit your curiosity to what you can learn from the home pages.

4Chan (An aggregator web site that facilitates sharing of copyrighted content--also the probable meeting ground of the Lulzsec and Anonymous hackers)

"Annonews" (The PR site of the Anonymous hacker group) <<As of 6/1/15 this site was offline, probably taken down by DHS or some other government agency.>>

WikiLeaks (The activist site promoting libertarian and leftist causes using leaked government documents, etc.)

"Selected Papers in Anonymity" (A library of technical and other papers by theorists and technicians promoting "network and information freedom," anonymous communication and evasion of governmental observation, etc.

Deep.Dot.Net (A site that aggregates news about Darknet sites, along with some independently produced Darknet news covering "LE" [Law Enforcement] activity, recent events, and lore.  The site's Darknet Dictionary will help translate some of the in-group slang you may encounter.  Overall, Deep.Dot.Net is quite revealing about the extremely limited and obsessive nature of this subset of Internet text-formation.)

DarkWebNews (Another aggregator site that closely resembles Deep.Dot.Net, above.  Cross-checking information between the two is slightly more reliable than trusting either of them alone.)