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Eileen Ormsby


After seven years as a corporate lawyer in Melbourne and London, Eileen Ormsbythrew it in to become a freelance journalist and writer, with regular investigative features for the Age focusing on cybercrime, online privacy and illicit drugs. Finding her way into the murky underworld of the dark web in 2011, Ormsby became an active member of notorious underground black market Silk Road, gaining the trust of the website’s operators and customers. She wrote Silk Road in real time, chronicling the rise and fall of the multi-million-dollar drugs empire as it happened, with input from the major players. Ormsby recently presented to an expert roundtable on drugs and the internet in Portugal, the output of which will inform EU drug policy.

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