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Peer-to-peer:is deviant behavior the norm on P2P file-sharing networks?

Hughes, D. and Walkerdine, J. and Coulson, G. and Gibson, S. (2006) Peer-to-peer:is deviant behavior the norm on P2P file-sharing networks? IEEE Distributed Systems Online, 7 (2). ISSN 1541-4922

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      Abstract

      P2P file-sharing networks such as Kazaa, eDonkey, and Limewire boast millions of users. Because of scalability concerns and legal issues, such networks are moving away from the semicentralized approach that Napster typifies toward more scalable and anonymous decentralized P2P architectures. Because they lack any central authority, these networks provide a new, interesting context for the expression of human social behavior. However, the activities of P2P community members are sometimes at odds with what real-world authorities consider acceptable. One example is the use of P2P networks to distribute illegal pornography. To gauge the form and extent of P2P-based sharing of illegal pornography, we analyzed pornography-related resource-discovery traffic in the Gnutella P2P network. We found that a small yet significant proportion of Gnutella activity relates to illegal pornography: for example, 1.6 percent of searches and 2.4 percent of responses are for this type of material. But does this imply that such activity is widespread in the file-sharing population? On the contrary, our results show that a small yet particularly active subcommunity of users searches for and distributes illegal pornography, but it isn't a behavioral norm.

      Item Type: Article
      Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Distributed Systems Online
      Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
      Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
      Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
      ID Code: 12778
      Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
      Deposited On: 13 Aug 2008 11:34
      Refereed?: Yes
      Published?: Published
      Last Modified: 27 Feb 2014 10:18
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      URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/12778

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