Law enforcement struggles to control darknet | IHS Jane’s

Darknet markets have multiplied since the first major takedowns in 2013, and continue to use advanced privacy and decentralisation technologies that have so far frustrated law enforcement efforts.

An exclusively interdiction-based approach to darknet markets is limited in its abilities to deter cybercrime on the darknet, and may be politically precarious as privacy advocates will continue to criticise any circumvention of technologies that political activists and others depend on.

The same technologies, including Bitcoin, upon which illicit darknet markets are built, have attracted significant venture capital, and this is likely to have an impact on political and law enforcement bureaucracies seeking progressive opportunities to tax and control the darknet.

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