An Introduction of Cyber-Crowdsourcing (Human Flesh Searching) in the Greater China Region

In Smith, R., Cheung, R and Lau, L. (eds) Cybercrime Risks and Responses: Eastern and Western Perspectives, Forthcoming

13 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2015

Date Written: August 13, 2015

Abstract

Cyber crowdsourcing, known as Human Flesh Searching (HFS) in Chinese, is a popular online behaviour in the Great China Region. It has been used to identify people involved in crime and behaviours such as corruption or sex scandals. This chapter aims to provide an insight into cyber crowdsourcing in the Greater China Region. It suggests that most HFS activity in the Greater China Region is not just a meaningless random play; it can help stop antisocial behaviour through public shaming and help police solve crimes by providing new evidence. However, as HFS can also have negative consequences for society, we have to make sure that evidence collected via cyber crowdsourcing does not cause more harm than good.

Keywords: Cyber crowdsourcing; online vigilantism; human Flesh Searching Engine; Taiwan; China; Renrou sousou; civilian policing

Suggested Citation

Chang, Lennon, An Introduction of Cyber-Crowdsourcing (Human Flesh Searching) in the Greater China Region (August 13, 2015). In Smith, R., Cheung, R and Lau, L. (eds) Cybercrime Risks and Responses: Eastern and Western Perspectives, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2644053

Lennon Chang (Contact Author)

Monash University ( email )

Wellington Road
Victoria, Clayton 3800
Australia

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