I shop online - Recreationally! Internet anonymity and Silk Road enabling drug use in Australia

Amy Phelps, Allan Watt*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Internet technologies are beginning to influence the sale and supply of illicit drugs in Australia. One such technology, an online marketplace known as Silk Road, had dramatically increased in popularity since its worldwide launch in February 2011. This research and paper were completed prior to the Silk Road's founder, Ross Ulbricht being arrested on 2 October 2013 and Silk Road being taken off line. This research paper will consider such factors; as the increasing use of internet by Australians, the popularity of shopping online and the variance in the quality and price of products available on Silk Road to those available in other drug markets. The case study will provide an in-depth look at Silk Road from an Australian perspective and in light of the continuing popularity of illicit drug use in Australia. Though Silk Road is currently off line, 'Bitcoin' has survived and it will only be a matter of time before a substitute for Silk Road emerges. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-272
Number of pages12
JournalDigital Investigation
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Bitcoin
  • Cyber crime
  • Digital forensics
  • Illegal drugs
  • Online drugs
  • Silk Road
  • The Onion Router

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