Cyber ethnography: A critical tool for the department of defense?

Michelle Black

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There seems to be a current push for intelligence to be more informed through sociocultural analysis. This article argues that a new variation of ethnography, cyber ethnography, is the answer to calls for additional support, and should be incorporated into theDepartment ofDefense (DoD)methodological “tool box.” This article answers:What is cyber ethnography and howcould it contribute to United States defense work? What are some of the method’s limitations and challenges, especially when performed by DoD personnel? At the same time, what type of community could be studied by the DoD using cyber ethnography? And finally, what are the requirements to perform this method?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-113
Number of pages11
JournalComparative Strategy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 14 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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