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Pirates, sharks and moral crusaders: Social control in peer-to-peer networks (07 Jun 2004)
This article explores a possible alternative, namely that of user self–regulation, and uses an empirical investigation of two different peer–to–peer networks to examine social norms in these networks and the informal social sanctions that are used to enforce these norms.

The results of this investigation indicate that some self–regulation already exists and suggest that it may be possible to strengthen this self–regulation to reduce the occurrence of some types of offences. However, there is a limit to the effectiveness of peer control of illegal and antisocial activities on the Internet.
Article URL: http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue9_6/svensson/index.html

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