Learning by pioneering

In July 2017, following 10 months of investigations, the Dutch police working in collaboration with law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Germany, Lithuania, the United States and Europol, took control of the Hansa Market, one of the largest market places on the dark web facilitating trade in drugs. By identifying, arresting and hijacking the accounts of two of the market administrators, …

Dark Challenges to Public Security

On the dark website Silk Road, seizure by the FBI in 2013, users could find anything from prescription drugs, to the party drug MDMA, to exotic Afghani heroin. The same vast portfolio of products fills the pages of AlphaBay, Dream Market, Silk Road3, Hansa – to name a few of the biggest marketplaces on the Dark Web nowadays. Ordering drugs …

Shining a blue light on social media‘s impact on public safety and security

There is an urgent need to bring together communities, policing and policy makers to tackle how social media can be better utilised to tackle crime and the fear of crime, how they can protect individuals and communities from the dark side of social media while at the same time preserving the freedoms offered by that social media. The use of social media within …

Researchers to help shine blue light on Social media‘s impact on public safety and security

A Europe wide research team led by the University of Warwick has won European funding to bring together communities, policing and policy makers to tackle how to protect the public on social media, and use social media to tackle crime and the fear of crime, while also preserving the freedoms offered by that social media. Professor Jon Coaffee from the …