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Cybercrime and Society

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Majid Yar
Date Published
198 pages
The aim of this book is to introduce students and scholars to the widest possible range of cybercrime debates, to bring the richness of interdisciplinary analysis to bear on these problems, and to do so in a way that is critical with respect to the claims often made about the dangers of online crime.
In the past decade or so, cybercrime has become an increasingly widely debated topic across many walks of life. It is clear that the rapid growth of the Internet has created unprecedented new opportunities for offending. These developments present serious challenges for law and criminal justice. In addition, the emergence of cybercrime poses difficult questions for criminologists and sociologists of crime and deviance. Criminology itself may need to start looking for some “new tools” for these “new crimes.” Seen as an essential resource to all students and academics interested in cybercrime and the future of the Internet, this book provides a clear, systematic, critical introduction to current debates about cybercrime. It locates the phenomenon of cybercrime in the wider contexts of social, political, cultural, and economic change. In order to examine the whole range of cybercrime issues, including computer hacking, cyberterrorism, media piracy, financial fraud and identity theft, online stalking, hate speech, pornography, and surveillance, the book draws on perspectives spanning criminology, sociology, law, politics, and cultural studies. Figures, glossary and index


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