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Sharing Identity Information on Dark Web Drug Boards

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This chapter uses Elfreda Chatman’s concept of small worlds and Reijo Savolainen’s concept of Way of Life to examine identity information sharing on a Finnish Dark Web drug trading image board. Based on a curated set of posts, it shows how people’s identity information sharing on such anonymous fora often centres around issues of trust and safety. The chapter discovers that like other small world virtual communities, these too are of information poor environments, where some participants are seen as outsiders and some as insiders, based on factors such as age, ethnicity, and information sharing.

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  • Information practices
  • Information sharing
  • Dark Web
  • Drug trading
  • Image board

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This research was partially supported by Academy of Finland grant 329342-5, Extremist Networks, Narcotics and Criminality in Online Darknet Environments.

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Hakalahti, M., Harviainen, J.T. (2021). Sharing Identity Information on Dark Web Drug Boards. In: Madge, OL. (eds) New Trends and Challenges in Information Science and Information Seeking Behaviour. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 193. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-68466-2_5

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