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Digital World Blog

The digital world blog explores the richness of digital technology use around the world, drawing on anthropology to explore what it means to be human in a digital age.

Introduction to Darknet Markets and How to Stay Anonymous

How to Stay Anonymous when Using a Darknet Market

The darknet markets are a good place to buy and sell products anonymously. However, while they can help you stay anonymous, they can also lead to your downfall if you don’t take the right precautions.

Some of the most popular ways to stay anonymous when using a darknet market are:

– Don’t use your real name when signing up for any service or making an account.

– Use PGP encryption on

A Counterfeiting Guide To Preventing Your Business from Falling Victim to Fake Money

The Counterfeiters Guide to Spotting Counterfeit Money

Counterfeit money is a problem that is not going away anytime soon. It affects everyone from the average consumer to governments and retailers. With the help of technology, it’s now easier than ever to spot counterfeit bills.

There are many ways in which you can spot undetectable counterfeit money, but for this guide we will focus on how to identify counterfeit bills by examining the security features of U.S. currency and using an app called “Mobile ID”.

Digitized global mobilities’ The role of new media and digitization in the security approaches of the refugee crisis

3- 4 June, 2019, Utrecht University 

Digitization and the use of social media has dramatically changed most aspects of our everyday practices, perceptions and cause severe changes in Human Mobility (Innes, 2016, Gray, 2018). While the importance and effects of technological innovations in social science research has been increasingly recognized, the role of new technologies and how these shapes the security of people on the move is still limited in scope.

Digital Anthropology in Practice

Jennifer Fu and Gemma Tortella-Procter, MSc. Digital Anthropology at UCL
“What exactly constitutes ‘digital anthropology’?” While the practical projects we worked on may not provide a comprehensive answer to this question (perhaps a ‘comprehensive’ answer doesn’t exist), it provides an idea of the things we care about as digital anthropologists and the direction we hope to push a traditionally text-based discipline in.

Lecturer in Digital Anthropology

The UCL Department of Anthropology has a new position, a lectureship in Digital Anthropology. Open to anyone with a strong ethnographic foundation to their research into the digital. Research areas can include robotics, artificial intelligence, the anthropology of data, social media, consumption, or other emerging topics within the field.