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Killed by the Internet: Cyber Homicides, Cyber Suicides and Cyber Sex Crimes (From Crime Online, P 1-11, 2007, Yvonne Jewkes, ed. -- See NCJ-218881)

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Yvonne Jewkes
Date Published
11 pages
This chapter provides an introduction into the world of cybercrime and its potential to corrupt or facilitate crime and an outline of the content of the book.
The new millennium has brought an increase in Internet-related crimes resulting in the abduction, torture, or death of individuals. With this increase in high-profile Internet offenses, there has been an increase in public attention and a push for greater self-regulation, tougher legislation, and possible censorship in reported Internet offenses. The book attempts to demonstrate that despite the Internet offering its users freedom, democracy and communities of people, anxieties concerning its ability to possibly corrupt or facilitate heinous crimes persist. The book brings together renowned international scholars writing about cybercrime today. Following this chapter of the book, the content of the book is as follows. Chapter 2 examines ways to control the incidence of cybercrime. Chapter 3 introduces two well publicized cybercrimes, identity fraud and identity theft. Chapter 4 offers an analysis of some solutions to the problems of identity fraud and theft. Chapter 5 examines the problem of abusive images of children being bought, sold, or just circulated around the world via the Internet. Chapter 6 provides an introductory overview of computer forensics. Chapter 7 explores the development of “piracy” as a contested crime problem. Chapter 8 explores the persistent moral panics around football violence and the media hysteria over the use of the Internet to mobilize football violence. Chapter 9 discusses the emergence of “cyberstalking” and the role of cyberspace in real-life stalking. Chapter 10 focuses on the orchestration of group violence and the role of the Internet. Lastly, Chapter 11 explores the dynamics between offline and online aspects of governance and discusses the dichotomy between popular perceptions of the Internet as a stronghold of freedom and the importance of various regulations to reduce cybercrime. References