The Pitfalls of Policing the Dark Web

A participant speaking at a conference on cybersecurity at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, May 4, 2017 (Photo by Ralf Hirschberger for dpa via AP Images).
A participant speaking at a conference on cybersecurity at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany, May 4, 2017 (Photo by Ralf Hirschberger for dpa via AP Images).

Criminals on the dark web are compelling law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe to alter the way they conduct investigations on the internet, opening up new possibilities for international police collaboration against cybercrime but also, critics warn, expanding the long arm of the law without a clear understanding of the impact. Since 2013, the proliferation of decentralized cryptocurrencies and online black markets has created countless new avenues for easy criminality. From the confines of a living room in China, a drug dealer using an anonymous browser can sell opioids to a user in the United States that […]

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