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ItemDishing the Deets: How Dark-Web Users Teach each other about International Drug Shipments( 2020-01-07)International trafficking of drugs enabled by the dark-web is still a problem despite the increase in take-down actions. Even though the transaction takes place digitally, the national postal systems are the ones being exploited and used for delivery. Users of the dark-web readily share information on forums, cryptomarkets, and feedback pages to maximize their safety and success while conducting these drug transactions. Using data collected from forums, vendor profiles, and feedback pages, this study provides an evidence that the knowledge being shared on the dark-web is rich data law enforcement and governments need to use as intelligence. Users discuss all aspect of the delivery process, including proper addressing, stealth packaging, and risks associated with taking delivery of the package. Based on these findings, policy recommendations are made to guide the implementation of techniques to counter the rise of dark-web-enabled drug shipments in the fight against drugs and cryptomarkets.
ItemCounterbalancing the Asymmetric Information Paradigm on High-Value Low-Frequency Transactions( 2020-01-07)This paper examines the impact of asymmetric information on the purchase of high-value infrequently traded assets. If a high-value asset is infrequently traded in a market its valuation becomes less predictable and more tension can exist between the vendor and the purchaser. Often the vendor possesses more knowledge of the asset, which leads to an asymmetric information paradigm between the two parties, nurturing a dark side of information and knowledge management. Using the New Zealand real estate industry as the context of a design science research study, a purchase decision process model for high-value infrequently traded assets has been developed. It aims to support the novice real estate purchaser to realise the potential pitfalls they should avoid. The study also calls for a unified system with codifiable, explicit information that can be used by all stakeholders in high-value infrequently transactions. Thus reducing the asymmetric information imbalance between vendor and purchaser.