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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.

Facebook app that lets you create flashcards

I recently came across a Facebook app called Q-Kards. It’s a simple flashcard app that allows you to create flashcards (for any topic like learning a language or text vocab) to help you memorize information. You can share your cards with other groups or your Friends on Facebook. I did not see a place where youc an add an image, for now it’s a text based flashcard creator. Why not use an app in a web service you and your sudents already use? (Like Facebook). Here’s the link to the app if you want to check it out (remember some Facebooks apps require access to your information including Personal data and Friends lists. Use caution whenever using any Facebook apps):


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