It has been four years since the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the mastermind behind the infamous Silk Road. Advanced students in Liberal Studies at Regent’s University London share their thoughts on the founder’s declaration about his motivation in setting up the website, what may have contributed to the success of this illegitimate activity on the dark web, its impact, and any lessons learnt from it.
The Road Most Travelled
When someone mentioned Silk Road to me, my mind immediately went to the trade route that connected Asia to Europe, where buyers and sellers from different parts of the world
would converge together to sell goods and services. Similarly, the online version of the Silk Road was a way to connect users internationally.