GDPO Situation Analysis

The GDPO Situation Analysis provides the diversity of stakeholders within the drug policy arena with concise, cutting edge assessment of key topics, enabling informed engagement with pertinent developments and debates. Presented in a focused and standardised format, the SA flags risks, opportunities and future trends in crucial issue areas, delivering to readers actionable information and evidence based insight. 

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Updating Escrow: Demystifying the CDM multisig process

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Martin Horton-Eddison

Until now, the Crypto-Drug Market (CDM) escrow process has been described according to a historic centralised escrow system.  However, centralised escrow is fast becoming obsolete, with four of the five most popular current CDMs now offering a form of decentralised escrow, known as multisignature (multisig). Multisig is therefore rapidly becoming the industry standard for ameliorating financial risk in CDM transactions. This Situation Analysis is intended to clarify the multisig process. It presents an analysis of the background to the shift toward decentralisation, a description of the new process, and a diagrammatic representation of the multisig escrow model.

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Corpus Linguistics Methodology on the Silk Road(s): The Escrow Example

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Matteo Di Cristofaro & Martin Horton-Eddison

This Situation Analysis is a methodological paper intended to supplement the research findings presented in GDPO Policy Brief 11, Horton-Eddison, M. & Di Cristofaro, M., Hard Interventions and Innovation in Crypto-Drug Markets

Subject: The application of Corpus Linguistics to the concept of innovation in crypto-drug markets.  This analysis shows the application of Corpus Linguistics methodology and of CADS (Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies) approach to data extracted from Crypto-Drug Market (CDM) communities. The aim is twofold: First, to demonstrate how the analysis of textual data created by CDM users can help pin-point  the impact that ‘real-life’ events (in this case, the FBI’s seizure and closure of Silk Road, and the theft of a substantial amount of Bitcoin on Silk Road 2) have on online crypto-communities.  Second, to illustrate how linguistics theories and methodologies may be used to investigate how ‘trust’ is established/reinforced in online CDM communities.

Read the full analysis here  Corpus Linguistics Methodology on the Silk Road(s): The Escrow Example

UK General Election 2017: Where do the parties stand on drug policy?

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Martin Horton-Eddison and Joe Whittaker

On the 8th June, the United Kingdom goes to the polls for a second general election in under two years.  Following the EU referendum last June, the issue of Brexit continues to dominate the campaign discourse, with security also front and centre since the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.  Important - yet less eye-catching - issues have taken a back seat in the campaign, including the issue of drugs policy.  That said, most of the major national parties have included some kind of manifesto pledge regarding their approach to illicit drug markets, and an evaluation of the differing positions is therefore warranted.  This Situation Analysis has crawled the 2015 and 2017 manifesto pledges of all of the major national parties, and presents an evaluative summary of the explicit and implicit policy pledges, and direction of policy travel, of each.... 

 

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Ganja in the English-speaking Caribbean

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Axel Klein

In 2015 Jamaica implemented substantial reforms to its Dangerous Drugs Act. Cannabis possession of up to two ounces was made a ticketable offence and cannabis cultivation up to five plants, cannabis use in private homes is no longer an offence, and consumption by persons of the Rastafarian faith, for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes is permitted. Future developments depend partly on decisions in the US, including the referenda on cannabis legalisation in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Small, developing island states like Jamaica are exposed to policy shifts by the regional hegemon. Less attention is paid to the European Commission which is the largest development donor in the Caribbean region and has been active in drugs policy for decades. There is a ready opportunity for switching towards a development oriented policy.

 

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US Drug Policy: Clinton Vs. Trump

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On 8th November, the United States will select their next President. Although drug policy will not be a key deciding factor in the election, it has occupied a far more central role than in previous cycles. An analysis of the proposals put forward by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump points to a chasm between the two main candidates – in both their vision and understanding of the issues at hand. On the same day, five states - Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada – will also vote on whether to legalize and regulate the production, distribution and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Once again, local policy experimentation will have a significant impact on the country’s drugs landscape...

Read more about the domestic and global context at this critical juncture in drug policy  TrumpVsClintonDrugs

 

Colombia: Drugs and the Peace Agreement.

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On August 24th, after more than four years of negotiations, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement that will, pending a referendum on October 2nd, bring to an end more than sixty years of armed conflict. Colombia is the world’s second largest cultivator of coca and its primary producer of cocaine. The peace agreement could significantly alter the government’s approach to illicit drugs, and the demobilisation of the FARC guerrilla will have implications for the dynamics of the local drug trade. The government is now, in principle, committed to a new national drug policy and to significant new initiatives in rural areas where illicit crops are cultivated.

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Reforms in Reverse; Colombia goes back to Glyphosate

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Vulnerable Youth and Drug Trafficking in Rosario, Argentina

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  Vulnerable Youth and Drug Trafficking in Rosario, Argentina : Between Stigmatisation and Social Control

 

 

The ‘War on Data’ in Africa: Alternative discourses to the ‘War on Drugs’

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From Dealer to Doorstep – How Drugs Are Sold On the Dark Net

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The Booming Market of Alternative Cryptocurrencies

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Assessment of the first year of the legally regulated cannabis market in Uruguay

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Operation Onymous: International law enforcement agencies target the Dark Net

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The Growing Industry of Darknet Marketing

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A Year Since the Closure of Silk Road

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Silk Road: After being closed twice, can the brand ever ‘rise again?’

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Not so FAST; The Rise and Rise of the DEA's Commando Squads

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Developing drug policy: gender matters

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A Change of Heart? The Peruvian Government Adopts Alternative Development

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Law enforcement is not the greatest threat to survival of Darknet drug markets

Law enforcement is currently not the greatest threat to the survival of Darknet

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Drug Control and Immigration Nexus in the US & the UK

The Drug Control and Immigration Nexus in the US & the UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brokering Drugs: The emergence of a new breed of online dealer

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The UK Khat Ban: Likely adverse consequences

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Untreated pain in the lower and middle-income countries

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Silk Road and Bitcoin

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Afghanistan's Bumper Opium Harvest

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