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12016-12-06T07:20:16-08:00Virtual Economy: Dark Web and Robots- What Would A Bot Purchase?5An interview with an artist whose exhibit displays items purchased from the dark web by a bot.gallery2016-12-08T07:37:58-08:00 There is an interesting art project being performed by a group of artists who work with the internet. They created a bot which anonymously purchases things with bitcoins they supply on the dark web and are sent to a set up location. There is a diversity of objects which they receive and they display the items in a gallery to show the landscape of things which can be purchased. The following is an interview with Carmen Weisskopf, a member of the group creating the exhibit.
Most items there have dubious legal status. Last year when we tried it we got a set of master keys used by fire fighters, cigarettes, fake jeans and trainers, some ebooks, a credit card, a scan of a passport and some ecstasy. That was the first time a bot had bought drugs. It raises the question of who is responsible for a bot's actions.
So is the surface web! This project started out with the Snowden revelations. It made us re-evaluate mass surveillance of the surface web, where everyone who uses it is trackable. So we started looking at the darknet, where encryption is built in. It is a necessity for people to remain anonymous in certain situations. We started thinking about how trust is formed in an anonymous network. And we wanted to know what was actually sold and bought there.
No. And this shows the level of trust that is there. The people who sell on these markets are used to trusting people online, and want to get a good rating. Even the Swiss police who seized the ecstasy bought by our bot were surprised at its quality compared to that available on the streets.
The long tail theory states that: “now, with online distribution and retail, we are entering a world of abundance. And the differences are profound.” Everything becomes available in the virtual face. Not only that, but prices become lowered as well. More things find connections on an a web-based site because of advertising and the suggestions that say, “people who bought this also purchased…” That being said, the darknet and all of its markets are not excluded from this theory. The cryptomarkets used present an extensive list of items which can be purchased through hundreds of different vendors. Where the bot was set up to purchase items, it didn’t stick to just purchasing a particular item every time. Something led it to purchase different items every time.