Constructive activism in the dark web: cryptomarkets and illicit drugs in the digital ‘demimonde’

@article{Maddox2016ConstructiveAI,
  title={Constructive activism in the dark web: cryptomarkets and illicit drugs in the digital ‘demimonde’},
  author={Alexia Maddox and Monica J. Barratt and Matthew M. Allen and S. Lenton},
  journal={Information, Communication \& Society},
  year={2016},
  volume={19},
  pages={111 - 126}
}
ABSTRACT This paper explores activism enacted through Silk Road, a now defunct cryptomarket where illicit drugs were sold in the dark web. Drawing on a digital ethnography of Silk Road, we develop the notion of constructive activism to extend the lexicon of concepts available to discuss forms of online activism. Monitoring of the cryptomarket took place between June 2011 and its closure in October 2013. Just before and after the closure of the marketplace we conducted anonymous online… Expand
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