Fri, Oct 4, 2013 -- 9:00 AM
FBI Shuts Down Silk Road, but the 'Deep Web' Lives OnDownload audio (MP3)
It sounds like a Hollywood movie: A 29-year-old in San Francisco calling himself "Dread Pirate Roberts" masterminds an online black market for drugs and other illicit goods, allegedly hires a hit man to take out someone threatening to expose him, and the FBI swoops in and arrests him at a local branch library. That's the story of Silk Road, a sort of eBay for illicit goods, which only accepted the open-source electronic money, Bitcoin. We discuss the Silk Road bust and the "deep web" of sites that give its users anonymity, and what implications this will have for Bitcoin.
Host: Rachael Myrow
- Andy Greenberg, staff writer for Forbes, covering data security, privacy and hacker culture
- Jerry Brito, senior research fellow and director of the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
- Parker Higgins, activist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation