Dark Markets are getting bigger as estimated in a 2012 paper by Nicolas Christin, a computer engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Christin is updating his study.
He is not taken aback by the growth of dark markets since Silk Road’s demise. “I want to emphasize that it is unclear that the number of listings is a good proxy for economic activity. One might list a large number of items and yet not carry out that many sales,” he is quoted as saying.
And he added, “Law enforcement is only part of the risk for people who sell drugs. The bigger risk and more frightening risk is not someone kicking down the door to arrest you, but someone kicking down the door to kill you and steal your stash.”
The dark web is hidden and not accessible by a normal web browser. Websites on Tor are samples of dark web sites. And the dark web seems to be moving beyond drugs. OpenBazaar for instance lets vendors sell anonymously without centralization. Trade is via bitcoin.
This market is abetted by many so-called criminal activities. After the spasmodic quasi-legalization of marijuana, so much remains illegal. And thus the growth of Dark markets.