The study of doping market: how to produce intelligence from Internet forums

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Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
The study of doping market: how to produce intelligence from Internet forums
Périodique
Forensic Science International
Auteur(s)
Pineau T., Schopfer A., Grossrieder L., Broséus J., Esseiva P., Rossy Q.
ISSN
0379-0738
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
11/2016
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
268
Pages
103-115
Langue
anglais
Résumé
Despite the predominant role played by Internet in the distribution of doping substances, little is currently known about the online offer of doping products. Therefore, the study focuses on the detection of doping substances and suppliers discussed in Internet forums. It aims at having a comprehensive understanding of products and sellers to lead an operational monitoring of the online doping market.
Thirteen community forums on the Internet were investigated and one million topics were extracted with source code scrappers. Then, a semantic analysis was conducted with a semi-automatic process to classify the relevant words according to doping matters. Additionally, the ranking of doping products, active substances and suppliers in regards to the number of contributors to the forums were established and analyzed over time. Finally, promotion methods of suppliers were evaluated.
The results show that anabolic androgenic steroids, used to enhance body image and performance, are the most discussed type of products. A temporal analysis illustrates the stability of the most popular products as well as the emergence of new products such as peptides (e.g. CJC-1295). 327 suppliers were detected, mostly with dedicated websites or direct sales by e-mail as selling methods.
Globally, the implemented methodology shows its ability to detect products and suppliers as well as to follow their temporal trends. The intelligence will serve the definition of online monitoring strategies (e.g. the selection of appropriate keywords). Additionally, it also allows the adjustment of customs inspection strategies and anti-doping analysis by monitoring the popular and emerging substances.
Mots-clé
illicit market, doping, forums, scraping, intelligence-led screening, operational monitoring
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