Background. I'm writing a speculative fiction novel set in an everyday American city that falls under foreign, authoritarian rule. The governing regime implements a heavily-regulated, closed web interlaced with subliminal propaganda in order to control the population (it is 2021, after all). The fatal flaw of the regime is that it calls on local expertise (technicians) to help maintain this network. Issue. The city's resistance movement, in order to create viable communication (which is key), wants to take advantage of this and create their own local dark web, or a secret wide area network (forgive my rudimentary understanding). To reiterate, this is a network or web not accessible by the regime officials, but only by a select few (or many) within the city. A few considerations: - installing dark web access browsers (by disc or other discreet methods if possible) - Proxy servers or a server hiding in plain sight - Wiring and existing networks Question. How would you set something like this up and what are the components, and processes required for this type of operation? The more specific the better. Also, if there is a far better method, like covert networks, do share.