Below are links to academic studies that were submitted to Judge Forrest, the sentencing judge, as exhibits in support of the defense argument that Silk Road accomplished harm reduction in the drug trade.
“The site’s harm reduction ethos appeared centered on informed consumerism and responsible vending by availability of high quality products with low risk for contamination, vendor tested products, trip reporting, and feedback on the vending infrastructure.”
– Van Hout & Bingham, “Responsible vendors, intelligent consumers: Silk Road, the online revolution in drug trading,” International Journal of Drug Policy
- Surfing the Silk Road: A study of users’ experiences.
- Silk Road, the virtual drug marketplace: A single case study of user experiences.
- Responsible vendors, intelligent consumers: Silk Road, the online revolution in drug trading.
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