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Crime and Punishment in the Future Internet Digital Frontier Technologies and Criminology in the Twenty-First Century

By Sanja Milivojevic Copyright 2021
    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    148 Pages
    by Routledge

    Crime and Punishment in the Future Internet is an examination of the development and impact of digital frontier technologies (DFTs) such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of things, autonomous mobile robots, and blockchain on offending, crime control, the criminal justice system, and the discipline of criminology. It poses criminological, legal, ethical, and policy questions linked to such development and anticipates the impact of DFTs on crime and offending. It forestalls their wide-ranging consequences, including the proliferation of new types of vulnerability, policing and other mechanisms of social control, and the threat of pervasive and intrusive surveillance.

    Two key concerns lie at the heart of this volume. First, the book investigates the origins and development of emerging DFTs and their interactions with criminal behaviour, crime prevention, victimisation, and crime control. It also investigates the future advances and likely impact of such processes on a range of social actors: citizens, non-citizens, offenders, victims of crime, judiciary and law enforcement, media, NGOs. This book does not adopt technological determinism that suggests technology alone drives social development. Yet, while it is impossible to know where the emerging technologies are taking us, there is no doubt that DFTs will shape the way we engage with and experience criminal behaviour in the twenty-first century. As such, this book starts the conversation about a range of essential topics that this expansion brings to social sciences, and begins to decipher challenges we will be facing in the future.

    An accessible and compelling read, this book will appeal to those engaged with criminology, sociology, politics, policymaking, and all those interested in the impact of DFTs on the criminal justice system.

      1.Introduction  2.Big data, security, surveillance, and theorising the future Internet  3.Artificial intelligence and machine learning: The backbone of the human-thing alliance  4."The Internet of Everything": Techno-social hybrids of the Internet of things  5.Autonomous mobile robots: Kinetic machines in charge?  6.Blockchain: The game-changer?  7.Instead of conclusion: Criminology’s take on the digital frontier technologies


      Sanja Milivojevic is a Research Fellow in Criminology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Associate Director of Border Criminologies at Oxford University. Sanja’s research interests include borders and mobility, security technologies and surveillance, gender and victimisation, and international criminal justice and human rights. She is a recipient of Australian and international research grants and was a NSW representative at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology’s Committee of Management (2012–2016). Sanja has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, University of Oslo, Belgrade University, and University of Zagreb, as well as a Public Interest Law Fellow at Columbia University’s Law School in New York. Sanja publishes in English and Serbian. Her latest book, Border Policing and Security Technologies, was published by Routledge (2019).

      Ground-breaking. Whatever your focus - trafficking and slavery, policing, sentencing, cyber-crime, interpersonal or state violence- this book will change how you understand and interrogate technology and its role in crime and justice. This book isn't about the future, it's about the now, and what will follow. It is rigorous, insightful and exciting. It is essential reading for scholars, students and the general community: we need to take up the challenge offered by this book.

      Associate Professor Marie Segrave, Monash University, Australia

      In "Crime and Punishment in the Future Internet" Sanja Milivojevic invites us to look into the future and actively engage with digital frontier technologies that, as she skilfully shows, bring risks as well as possibilities into our lives. It as a brave and, above all, imaginative book that opens important debates about the nature of crime and punishment that even techno-sceptics and techno-phobes among us can no longer ignore. It made me think- it still does - and this is all one can ask of a book.

      Professor Katja Franko, University of Oslo, Norway

      Crime and Punishment in the Future Internet is a remarkable achievement, distilling complex technological concepts and criminological debates into a concise, accessible and highly thought-provoking text. As digilization advances rapidly, Milivojevic's book will be essential reading for students and scholars of Criminology seeking to understand emerging landscapes of technology, crime and control.

      Professor Dean Wilson, University of Sussex