The Darkest Web

Eileen Ormsby In Conversation with Dr. Tobias Feakin

Saturday 25 August 2018
11.00AM – 12 NOON
Liangis Theatre
National Portrait Gallery

The Darkest Web will take you into the murkiest depths of the web's darkest underbelly where markets will sell anything a person is willing to pay for - including another person. Eileen Ormsby is a lawyer, freelance journalist and author whose investigations have led her to where drugs and weapons dealers, hackers, hitmen and worse ply their trade. As we discuss the implications of screen culture in contemporary society, we need to know the worst as well as the best beyond that bright shiny electronic screen. Tobias Feakin, Australia’s inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs will make for a-must-see interview with Eileen Ormsby.

Eileen Ormsby is a lawyer, author and freelance journalist based in Melbourne. Her first book, Silk Road  was the world's first in-depth expose of the black markets that operate on the dark web. Her gonzo-style investigations have led her deep into the secretive corners of the dark web where drugs and weapons dealers, hackers, hitmen and worse ply their trade Many of these dark web interactions turned into real-world relationships, entanglements, hack attempts on her computer and even death threats from the dark web's most successful hitman network as she researched  Darkest Web. She now lives a quiet life off-grid as much as possible.

Dr Tobias Feakin is Australia's inaugural Ambassador for Cyber Affairs. He leads Australia's whole of government international engagement to advance and protect Australia's national security, foreign policy, economic and trade, and development interests in the internet and in cyberspace.  Ambassador Feakin was a member of the Independent Panel of Experts that supported the Australian Cyber Security Review to produce Australia's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. He was the Director of National Security Programs at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2012 to 2016 and established the Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre.