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Detection of Deception in a Virtual World

Collister, Lauren B (2013) Detection of Deception in a Virtual World. Linguistic Evidence in Security, Law and Intelligence, 1 (1). 51 - 66.

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<jats:p>This work explores the role of multimodal cues in detection of deception in a virtual world, an online community of World of Warcraft players. Case studies from a five-year ethnography are presented in three categories: small-scale deception in text, deception by avoidance, and large-scale deception in game-external modes. Each case study is analyzed in terms of how the affordances of the medium enabled or hampered deception as well as how the members of the community ultimately detected the deception. The ramifications of deception on the community are discussed, as well as the need for researchers to have a deep community knowledge when attempting to understand the role of deception in a complex society. Finally, recommendations are given for assessment of behavior in virtual worlds and the unique considerations that investigators must give to the rules and procedures of online communities.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Collister, Lauren Blbcollister@pitt.eduLBC80000-0001-5767-8486
Date: 6 December 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Linguistic Evidence in Security, Law and Intelligence
Volume: 1
Number: 1
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Page Range: 51 - 66
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/lesli.2013.6
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 15:52
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 22:56


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