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31 October 2014

Online marketplaces and proliferation: Project Alpha in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

An article written by Project Alpha’s Ian J. Stewart and Nick Gillard with King’s College London visiting professor Dr Jonathan Brewer is featured today by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

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The article – available here – discusses the problem of proliferation-sensitive goods being offered for sale via Internet-trading platforms like and Ebay. It builds upon an earlier investigation by the Financial Times which revealed the extent of the compliance challenge facing online marketplaces with respect to WMD-relevant goods.

For further analysis from Project Alpha on proliferation-related challenges facing Internet-trading platforms:

Alibaba’s compliance challenge: missile proliferator Karl Lee a “gold supplier”

Alibaba’s compliance challenge, part II: Iranian nuclear procurers

Weapons of Mass Ecommerce: What can Alibaba do?

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