The Darknet and Smarter Crime: Methods for Investigating Criminal Entrepreneurs and the Illicit Drug Economy

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Abstract

This book draws on research into darknet cryptomarkets to examine themes of cybercrime, cybersecurity, illicit markets and drug use. Cybersecurity is increasingly seen as essential, yet it is also a point of contention between citizens, states, non-governmental organisations and private corporations as each grapples with existing and developing technologies. The increased importance of privacy online has sparked concerns about the loss of confidentiality and autonomy in the face of state and corporate surveillance on one hand, and the creation of ungovernable spaces and the facilitation of terrorism and harassment on the other. These differences and disputes highlight the dual nature of the internet: allowing counter-publics to emerge and providing opportunities for state and corporate domination through control of the data infrastructure. This book argues that, far from being a dangerous anarchist haven, the darknet and the technologies used within it could have benefits and significance for everyone online.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages235
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783030265120
ISBN (Print)9783030265113, 9783030265144
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Keywords

  • cybercrime
  • anonymisation
  • internet
  • online drug dealing
  • Grindr
  • Breaking Bad
  • Criminal Market
  • cyber security
  • drugs
  • cybersecurity
  • cryptomarket
  • harm
  • risk

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