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Online criminality and digital investigations: The practical and procedural challenges of policing Darknet marketplaces

Lecture Theatre 401, Fourth Floor, Business and Law Building, City Campus East

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Online criminality and digital investigations: The practical and procedural challenges of policing Darknet marketplaces

Refresments will be served in the area outside of Lecture Theatre 401 at 5pm. The lecture will take place from 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

A “darknet” is an encrypted anonymised communication network (ACN) that can only be accessed by using specialist software. The network of sites, such as Tor, Freenet etc., provide the services and websites running on darknets which is also referred to as the Dark Web. A common feature of darknet environments is the existence of “marketplaces” through which illicit goods, including drugs, weapons and articles for use in fraud, can be bought and sold anonymously.

Adam Jackson and Philip Anderson will explore the operation of darknet marketplaces and consider the technical and procedural challenges of investigating, identifying and prosecuting criminal activity enabled by, and taking place within, darknet environments. Consideration will be given to whether and to what extent the traditional approaches of the criminal justice system are fit for purpose in this context.

Philip will draw on his extensive experience as a specialist in digital forensics and Adam will explore his involvement in an ongoing research project funded by Nordforsk, the UK ESRC and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research entitled Police detectives on the TOR network: A study on tensions between crime fighting and privacy (PDTOR).

This lecture is part of the Police Research and Education Network series that will draw upon leading research expertise within Northumbria University. Each seminar will provide an opportunity for staff to present their research findings on key topics for contemporary policing, reflecting on the challenge of developing evidence based for police practice.

The seminars are free to attend. They will be informal and are designed to promote debate between academics and practitioners from the police and other relevant agencies.

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Lecture Theatre 401, Fourth Floor, Business and Law Building, City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 1UY


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0191 227 3702

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