[tor-talk] Social scientific research on Tor and similar technologies

Moritz Bartl moritz at torservers.net
Wed Nov 20 10:27:36 UTC 2013

On 11/20/2013 04:41 AM, Jonas Bruun wrote:
> I'm currently conducting research for a graduate class paper at University
> of Texas at Austin. My research topic is the Dark / Deep web. Due to the
> anonymous character of the users of people using these services it is
> difficult for me to come into direct contact with them. [...]

Thank you for doing this. There's way too little literature about
anonymity from a social sciences point of view.

I would very much like to see something like the
http://freehaven.net/anonbib/ , but for social sciences/HCI papers. The
only papers I know of about anonymity in HCI are from the 60s. I can
maintain a anonbib-like database, but there's no way I can hunt down the
literature. Maybe you'd like to collaborate? Do you have a reading list?

I must say I am a bit disappointed about the quality and the low number
of questions. You might want to work on them a little. To reach users of
hidden services, it may be worthwhile to post your request to the large
number of hidden services message boards, as well as other communities
that like their privacy (file sharing communities come to mind, but also
broader ones like 'Hacker' News and reddit). For static forms like
yours, it should also be possible to find a hoster that does not require


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