Countering Dark Commerce: Security Implications of Illicit Internet Trade

08 May 2019
Event location
DGAP, Berlin, Germany
Invitation type
Invitation only


With more than 4.3 billion internet users worldwide, internet access is becoming ubiquitous, elevating illicit online trade to new and dangerous dimensions. According to the latest EU Serious and Organized Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA), online trade in illegal and counterfeit goods is one of the fastest-growing illicit activities of organized crime. The so-called “dark commerce” undermines our security, be it in terms of arms trafficking, undercutting environmental protection, or facilitating financial corruption. The event will explore enhanced methods of fighting illicit internet trade, providing technological solutions, and closer cooperation between the public and private sector.


Dr Christian Mölling
Deputy Director of the Research Institute, DGAP


Prof Dr Louise I. Shelley
Founder and Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), George Mason University


Prof Dr Günter Krings, MP
Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Wolfgang Weber
Senior Director, Global Head of Regulatory, Legal Counsel & Business Ethics Officer, eBay

Prof Dr Louise I. Shelley

The discussion will be held in English and will be moderated by Sofia Koller, Research Fellow, Security, Defense, and Armaments program, DGAP. The Chatham House Rule applies.

We thank Philip Morris GmbH for supporting the organization of this event.


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