Dark Knowledge and Platform Governance: A Case of an Illicit E-Commerce Community in Reddit

K. Hazel Kwon, Chun Shao

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Abstract

This study examines the dark information commons in Reddit, a pseudonymous social news site, in the context of illicit e-commerce communities. Unlike market forums that are hosted in the dark web, Reddit is open to users of both the clear and dark web, unwittingly serving as a gateway for potential newcomers to learn and prepare their entrance into darknet market systems. To illustrate how information commons in Reddit bolster the resilience of illicit e-commerce communication ecology, this study presents information and knowledge flows in a subreddit community dedicated to a now-defunct market called AlphaBay. This study expands the discussion of the challenges that Reddit, as information commons, encounters in governing the flow of dark knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-799
Number of pages21
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume65
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Reddit
  • anonymous communities
  • dark web
  • darknet market
  • illicit e-commerce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

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