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Information Flow Can Reveal Dirty Deeds

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Hub-and-spoke of deceit

When Enron employees communicated about legitimate projects, emails were reciprocal and information was shared widely (right), but communications about an illicit project (left) reveal a sparse network with a central, informed clique and isolated external

B. Aven

Political thrillers that portray a "web of corruption" get it all wrong, at least according to an analysis of emails between Enron employees. The flow of the famously corrupt corporation's electronic missives suggests that dirty dealings tend to transpire through a sparse, wheel-and-spoke network rather than a highly connected web.

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