Social Shopping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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    Information Protection in Dark Web Drug Markets Research
    ( 2021-01-05) Harviainen, J. Tuomas ; Haasio, Ari ; Ruokolainen, Teemu ; Hassan, Lobna ; Siuda, Piotr ; Hamari, Juho
    In recent years, there have increasingly been conflicting calls for more government surveillance online and, paradoxically, increased protection of the privacy and anonymity of individuals. Many corporations and groups globally have come under fire for sharing data with law enforcement agencies as well as for refusing to cooperate with said agencies, in order to protect their customers. In this study, we focus on Dark Web drug trading sites as an exemplary case of problematic areas of information protection, and ask what practices should be followed when gathering data from the Dark Web. Using lessons from an ongoing research project, we outline best practices for protecting the safety of the people under study on these sites without compromising the quality of research data gathering.
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    Don`t Buy A Pig In A Poke A Framework for Checking Consumer Requirements In A Data Marketplace
    ( 2021-01-05) Lawrenz, Sebastian ; Rausch , Andreas
    The 21st century is the century of data. Data is the new oil and powers many new applications and business models. The increasing value of data leads to the fact requires new possibilities and methods to trade with “data” as a trading good. One of these possibilities is a data marketplace, a digital e-commerce platform like eBay or Amazon, but specifically targeting data, information, and datasets. Since, other than physical trading goods, data is not so easy to verify, a framework is required to characterize data and to validate data against user requirements. This leads to a conflict between security and privacy requirements of data providers and the necessity of checking the data consumer requirements. In this paper, we discuss the specific challenges of data trading and introduce a framework to help users check their specific requirements (Data Quality) as a reference point for a purchase decision.
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    Introduction to the Minitrack on Social Shopping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    ( 2021-01-05) Peko, Gabrielle ; Sundaram, David ; Sadovykh, Valeria