Over the last decade, Darknet markets and forums have become more regionalized and segmented, often run by groups of individuals closely connected to other teams on the Darknet. In this project, Professor Ekaterina Botchkovar and her research team are conducting an exploratory study of networks, forums, and markets on the Darknet. The primary goal of this research is to understand differences between regional forums/markets and ways in which networks and chains formed on these forums/markets can be disrupted.
The research team will carry out the analyses of trends on Darknet forums/markets and conduct a survey of online actors that will investigate how networks are formed and economic transactions—occur on the Darknet. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Georgia State University.
Funders and Partners:
Northeastern Research Team
Undergraduate Program Director; Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Ekaterina Botchkovar’s research interests include global criminology and criminological theory testing. A key aspect of Professor Botchkovar’s research is understanding the role of cultural context in shaping crime and criminal behavior. Specifically…