Successful Use of Anonymity on Twitter to Report on Drug Crime

June 28th, 2012   Theme: Internet Freedom

When receiving information the status of the sender will affect to what extend we believe in the information. So what happens if the sender is unknown? Is it possible for anonymous correspondents or individuals to become influential? Four computer science researchers at the Wellesley College decided to investigate it. In a paper they discuss “the case of a community of Twitter citizen reporters, located in a Mexican city plagued by the drug cartels fighting for control of territory.” In fact, their analysis showed that the most influential reporting individuals were the anonymous ones.

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