School of Computing

Feb 28
11:00 - 12:00
Illicit trade on cryptomarkets: history, research and future directions
School of Computing - Security Group Seminar
Speaker: Dr Jack Cunliffe, University of Kent


This talk will draw on work presented in my latest book and give an overview of the historical developments of online drug markets, known as cryptomarkets, and tie these trends into the current state of the online drug trading environment. This will be followed by a comprehensive discussion of the various research techniques and data sources that have been applied to the study of the cryptomarkets before moving onto outline where cutting edge cryptomarket research is in need of development, with a focus on the need for increasingly sophisticated, interdisciplinary and theoretically informed approaches. The talk will conclude with a set of predictions about the future of cryptomarkets and suggest future avenues for research.


Jack Cunliffe in a lecture in Quantitative Methods and Criminology at the University of Kent who has written numerous papers using cryptomarket digital traces to uncover patterns in wider drug consumption patterns. He has a background in mathematics and worked for a number of years in the Ministry of Justice before completing his PhD in Social Policy at the LSE and moving to academia at Kent. His latest co-authored book, Cryptomarket: A Research Companion was published in October by Emerald as the first of the Digital Crime, Technology and Social Harms series.


Cornwallis South West,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom


Open to everyone, especially those interested in cyber security research,


Contact: Jason R.C. Nurse

School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 14/08/2015