The Darknet and Smarter Crime

Methods for Investigating Criminal Entrepreneurs and the Illicit Drug Economy

  • Angus Bancroft

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity book series (PSCYBER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 205-235

About this book


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. 


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

Authors and affiliations

  • Angus Bancroft
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  1. 1.School of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-26511-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-26512-0
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