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The Productive Scholar: Trust & Identity Practices in Illicit Deep Web Transactions

Topic: Trust & Identity Practices in Illicit Deep Web Transactions
Speaker: Rachael Ferguson, Department of Sociology

Date: Thursday, November 6, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library

Co-presented with the Center for Digital Humanities

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session:
(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.

The Internet of Things and Education

With the Internet connecting us to many things (media, photos, information, etc.) can it also connect us to physical objects? Can we launch applications on our computer by just touching a physical object? Can one physical object talk to another physical object through an Internet connect and command it to do a physical act or feed it data? The answer is yes and this phenomena is called “The Internet of Things”. Continue reading

Find Online Videos at One Site

clicker_logo.pngClicker.com allows for you to search for videos based off of title, subject, or type of video (movie, tv, online series, etc). It has been dubbed the" TV Guide of Internet Video" . What’s nice about this site is that it gives you links to all other sites where the videos are hosted. You can create a playlist or share the video links with Twitter, Facebook, Digg, or StumbleUpon. There’s also a section for videos tagged for education. The site is free and you do not need an account to use it to search. To learn more or to start using the site, click on the link below: