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Decentral, unbreakable and anonymous? Literature Review of resiliency mechanisms in darknet markets

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Bjoern Christian Wolf

Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science, GB
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MSc in Information Systems and Digital Innovation
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Abstract

This article identifies socio-technical mechanisms of darknet markets that render them resilient to law enforcement based on relevant literature. In depth, it analyses the interplay between user or community behaviour and cryptographic technology. The four main activities of darknet markets that are necessary for successful coordination are identified as: (1) transaction and communication, (2) trust and reputation, (3) payment and (4) logistics, each addressed through a combination of ICTs and community norms. The marketplaces act as intermediaries facilitating an anonymous, decentralised market by joining these four areas and offering a resilient solution.

How to Cite: Wolf, B.C., 2016. Decentral, unbreakable and anonymous? Literature Review of resiliency mechanisms in darknet markets. iSCHANNEL, 11(1), pp.24–29.
Published on 15 Dec 2016.
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