Detecting and disrupting counterfeit supply chains: Illicit trade of pharmaceuticals and PPE on the open and dark web

A talk by Layla Hashemi, Edward Huang, Damon McCoy and Dr Louise Shelley
TraCCC, George Mason University, New York University Tandon School of Engineering and George Mason University

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Panelists will share findings from the first two years of a five-year NSF grant titled Collaborative Research: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Understanding, Modeling, and Disrupting Drug and Counterfeit Illicit Supply Chains. Global illicit supply chains in the open and dark web are analyzed using rich corporate data focusing on counterfeit PPE and counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Research reveals a rise in counterfeits during a surge in e-commerce and the convergence of these operations with other transnational crimes. Advanced data analytics are used to map the global illicit supply chains. This effort has contributed to the seizure of over 59 million counterfeit masks worldwide and has been awarded prizes for saving lives and improving public health.

Damon McCoy

Associate Processor, New York University.

Dr Louise Shelley

Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair and a University Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University.

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