Date: Thursday, November 6, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library
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(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited)
‘Virtual ethnography’ is an increasingly popular method in Sociology and Anthropology. Researchers have examined interaction on various social media websites, taken participant observer roles in Second Life, and non-participant observer roles with organizations such as the hacktivist group known as Anonymous. This talk looks at how virtual ethnography can be used to examine online identity practices, focusing on trust and identity in illicit transactions on Deep Web marketplaces.
Rachael Ferguson is a doctoral candidate in Sociology. Her dissertation is a multi-year multi-site ethnography that examines order and interaction for participants in a variety of criminal enterprises, including sexworkers, bookies, drug gangs and dealers in the US, and the Mafia in Sicily. The book manuscript for this project is currently under review at the University of California Press.