Mitch Macdonald

Mitch Macdonald is a PhD student in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include the measurement of illicit markets, money from crime, the value of human and social capital for criminal achievement, social network theory and analysis, and quantitative analysis.

Working under the supervision of Dr. Martin Bouchard, Mitch is currently collaborating on a project seeking to estimate the price and price elasticity of demand for illicit marijuana in Canada using data sourced from and Tor online drug markets. Mitch's PhD thesis will examine the social embeddedness of fraud networks within the larger landscape of organized crime.

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Relevant Publications:

Macdonald, M., & Frank, R. (2017). Shuffle Up and Deal: Use of a Capture-Recapture Method to Estimate the Size of Stolen Data Markets. American Behavioral Scientist. DOI: 10.1177/0002764217734262  

Macdonald, M., & Frank, R. (2016). The Network Structure of Malware Development, Deployment and Distribution. Global Crime, DOI: 10.1080/17440572.2016.1227707

Macdonald, M., & Frank, R. (2016). Estimating the Size and Survival of Stolen Data Markets. Ottawa: Public Safety Canada (ongoing).

Frank, R., Macdonald, M., & Monk, B. (2016). Location, Location, Location: Mapping Potential Canadian Targets in Online Hacker Discussion Forums. In Proceedings of the 2016 European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC).

Frank, R., Macdonald, M., & Monk, B. (2015). Identifying Potential Canadian Targets in Online Hacker Forums. Ottawa: Public Safety Canada.

Macdonald, M., Frank, R., Mei, J., & Monk, B. (2015). Identifying Digital Threats in a Hacker Web Forum. In Proceedings of the 2015 International Symposium on Foundations of Open Source Intelligence and Security Informatics (FOSINT).
*Won Best Paper at the 2015 FOSINT conference