Policing The Dark Web: A Futile Undertaking?

Thursday, May 7, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Public Event: Seminar
May 7

The dark web — the anonymous underbelly of the Internet — is home to illicit drug and malware markets, extremist discussion forums and child abuse imagery sites. Law enforcements monitor and attempt to police this environment, often successfully commandeering sites, taking them offline and making the occasional arrest. 

This talk will unpack how law enforcement engages with crime on the dark web, assess how effective these efforts are and point to the factors inhibiting effective policing.

Presented by Eric Jardine a CIGI fellow and assistant professor of political science at Virgina Tech. Eric researches measurement issues in cybersecurity, the uses and abuses of the dark web and how the introduction of new security technologies can paradoxically produce higher levels of insecurity. He is the co-author of the book Look Who’s Watching: Surveillance, Treachery and Trust Online.

Join this webinar via Zoom: 


Meeting ID: 958 1367 3582

Password: 586867

Event Speakers

Eric Jardine is a CIGI fellow and an assistant professor of political science at Virginia Tech. Eric researches the uses and abuses of the dark Web, measuring trends in cyber security, how people adapt to changing risk perceptions when using new security technologies, and the politics surrounding anonymity-granting technologies and encryption.