How Illicit Markets Really Operate – David Hétu – PSW #686
David has been studying the structure, size and scope of illicit markets for over 10 years. He has come to realize just how fragmented illicit markets are, how a few select vendors often control most of the sales, and how important social bonds are even in the context of anonymous illicit markets.
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David Hétu is a co-founder and Chief Research Officer of Flare Systems. David has a Ph.D. in criminology from the Université de Montréal. His main research interest is in online illicit markets and the impact of technology on crime. David’s research has been published in the highest academic journals (ex. British Medical Journal) and presented at leading conferences. David and his team will be launching the BSides MTL conference in the Fall 2021.