Mike Power is a British freelance investigative journalist specialising in drugs and technology.
His book Drugs 2.0: The Web Revolution That’s Changing How the World Gets High documents a new digital frontline in the war on drugs.
His reports around the emergence of so-called “legal highs” – recreational drugs manufactured in Chinese laboratories that are legal in most countries – have prompted complex policy debates in the UK and beyond. His in-depth research into the Dark Web, Tor, Bitcoin and cryptomarkets predicted accurately the explosive growth in digital drug dealing that we have witnessed in the recent years.
His “Drugs Unlimited” report for Matter.com documented an undercover mission to produce and import to the UK a new, legal drug – using only a laptop – and won the 2014 Association of British Science Writers prize for the best investigative journalism.