25 Days of CoDI: Day 16

On the sixteenth day of CoDI Angus Bancroft said to me ‘Cyber Crime Benefits Society’…

Angus Bancroft: How Cyber Crime Benefits Society


Are you in the dark when it comes to the dark net? Well just as well we have Angus here to shine some light on the matter then.

Angus Bancroft I am Angus Bancroft, a lecturer in Sociology at the University of Edinburgh. My research is about illicit drug use, illicit markets and cyber-crime. I research the darknet, the hidden, anonymised internet which hosts markets for illicit drugs and criminal services.


A growing trend is for illicit markets to integrate with legal services and systems. In some ways innovation on the darknet drives the production and adoption of technologies which can have a wider social use. For example, anonymous browsing technology can both enable malicious internet activity and also protect dissidents in repressive regimes.


This is my second CODI – my first was in 2014 when I talked about why people binge drink and why they don’t much care about sensible drinking advice. I enjoy CODI because of the wide range of people who come, who have different experiences and opinions on the topic – and CODI lets them talk back.


Ideas are power, and CODI gives people ideas. 


Angus’ show takes place on Friday 19th August, Stand in the Square (Venue 372), 3-4pm, £8 (£6)

Purchase tickets at:  http://www.outstandingtickets.com/show/113/performance/1548/book-tickets


Angus Cybercrime