Dolliver is a professor and cyber criminologist in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama. She also serves as the Academic Director for the region’s Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force (JECTF). Dolliver’s areas of expertise include Tor-based criminality, law enforcement (use of force, community policing, active shooter preparedness, and use of technology), and digital forensics. Her current research projects involve studying cybersecurity risks, drug trafficking, and weapons markets on the Tor Network. More broadly, Dolliver also examines socio-cultural aspects of cybercrime, transnational organized crime and drug trafficking, and the existing links between these criminal phenomena. Having prior work experience with the Drug Enforcement Administration, she enjoys working closely with members of law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad, in addition to collaborating with scholars from around the world on issues of comparative crime. She has taught undergraduate courses on Digital Forensics; Law Enforcement; Drugs, Crime, and Policy; and graduate courses on Cyber Security and Warfare.
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Discusses the need for national security policies to consider the role and cyber readiness of local law enforcement agencies in the United States. First, examines cyber threats present on emerging technologies, such as the Tor Network, before detailing the law enforcement model in the US and challenges related to fragmentation that complicate the ability of local police departments to adequately respond to these threats. Concludes with proposals for strengthening the cyber capabilities and situational awareness of local PDs nationwide, and the need to consider their roles in future national cybersecurity strategies.
Law enforcement agencies across the country are struggling to keep pace with processing and analyzing digital evidence seized in active criminal cases. One unique response to these challenges is the formation of a hybrid digital forensic task force: a formal partnership between higher educational institutions and municipal and/or state law enforcement agencies to further education, research, and investigatory capacity in the digital forensic field. To better understand this organizational model, this study conducted a comparative analysis between eight such task forces in the United States using the theoretical guidance of neo-institutional theory, the first such national assessment.
Employed geovisualization and exploratory spatial data analysis to examine drug distributions of heroin, cocaine, new psychoactive substances, and prescription drugs advertised on Agora, the largest international marketplace on the Tor Network at the time of data collection.
Documented the types of new psychoactive substances (NPS) for sale on the Agora marketplace over time, as well as the countries and vendors sourcing NPS on this platform. Data were collected in 2015, and found that the number of NPS advertisements and vendors increased over a four-month period. Ketamine and new, unclassified NPS experienced substantial growth, while the availability of phenethylamines decreased; however, phenethylamines remained the most frequently advertised NPS on Agora.