The Dark Web and Online Drug Markets


What is the Dark Web?

With the seizure of the Silk Road in 2013; an online marketplace that trading in hundreds of millions of pounds of illicit substances,  the world became aware of what is known as ‘The Dark Web’.

The ‘Dark Web’ is a term used to describe an anonymous and encrypted area of the internet that allows those wishing to remain anonymous to avoid the authorities and corporations that may want to monitor them.

The surface web or clear net is essentially anything that can be indexed by search engines such as Google. Areas which cannot be indexed by search engines can be referred to as ‘The Deep Web’ and within the Deep Web lies the Dark Web. The Dark web is a small area that has been intentionally hidden and is inaccessible through standard web browsers.

Course Overview

This course has been designed to equip attendees with the knowledge and understanding around this rapidly emerging phenomenon. This course will examine ‘crypto’ currencies and dark web markets and identify both  the perceived risks, benefits and challenges faced by those purchasing substances in this manner.


Learning Outcomes;

  • Introduction to the dark web and the Tor network
  • Introduction to cyber currencies such as Bitcoin
  • History of the Dark Web and the Silk Road
  • Examine and understand different dark web marketplaces, how they originated and evolved
  • Examine both perceived potential risks and benefits of the Dark Web
  • Whats next? – the future