Alexia Maddox (PhD) is a Research Fellow at Deakin University and Research Associate at Swinburne University and studies the nexus of technology, society and social transformation. As a sociologist of technology, her research into digital frontiers, online communities and research methods provides insights into digital cultures, future-making practices and how the communities surrounding emerging and disruptive technologies seek to develop social solutions to structural inequalities. Most recently, her research has focused on cryptomarkets in the Dark Web and the communities surrounding cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies.
EditorialThis issue of M/C Journal rejects the association of darkness with immorality. In digital communication, the possibilities of darkness are greater than simple fears of what is hidden in online networks. Instead, new work in an emerging field of “dark social” studies’ consider “dark” as holding the potential for autonomy away from the digital visibilities that pervade economic,...Read more