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Cyber Criminology
Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior

Edited By

K. Jaishankar

ISBN 9781439829493
Published February 22, 2011 by Routledge
461 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Victimization through the Internet is becoming more prevalent as cyber criminals have developed more effective ways to remain anonymous. And as more personal information than ever is stored on networked computers, even the occasional or non-user is at risk. A collection of contributions from worldwide experts and emerging researchers, Cyber Criminology: Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior explores today’s interface of computer science, Internet science, and criminology.

Topics discussed include:

  • The growing menace of cyber crime in Nigeria
  • Internet gambling and digital piracy
  • Sexual addiction on the Internet, child pornography, and online exploitation of children
  • Terrorist use of the Internet
  • Cyber stalking and cyber bullying
  • The victimization of women on social networking websites
  • Malware victimization and hacking
  • The Islamic world in cyberspace and the propagation of Islamic ideology via the Internet
  • Human rights concerns that the digital age has created

Approaching the topic from a social science perspective, the book explores methods for determining the causes of computer crime victimization by examining an individual’s lifestyle patterns. It also publishes the findings of a study conducted on college students about online victimization.

Advances in information and communications technologies have created a range of new crime problems that did not exist two decades ago. Opportunities for various criminal activities to pervade the Internet have led to the growth and development of cyber criminology as a distinct discipline within the criminology framework. This volume explores all aspects of this nascent field and provides a window on the future of Internet crimes and theories behind their origins.

K. Jaishankar was the General Chair of the First International Conference of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV), held January 15-17, 2011 at the Hotel Jaipur Greens in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Table of Contents

Section I: Deviance and Criminal Subculture in Cyberspace

Café Culture and Heresy of Yahooboyism in Nigeria; A. I. Adeniran

Internet Gambling; H. N. Pontell, G. Geis, and G. C. Brown

Section II: Perpetrators; Perspectives and Offender Use of the Internet

Identity Construction Among Hackers; O. Turgeman-Goldschmidt

Virtual Sex Offenders: A Clinical Perspective; K. Young

Self-Reported Internet Child Pornography Consumers: A Personality Assessment Using Bandura’s Theory of Reciprocal Determinism; K. C. Seigfried-Spellar, R. W. Lovely, and M. K. Rogers

Online Social Networking and Pedophilia: An Experimental Research "Sting"; R. Broadhurst and K. Jayawardena

Adult–Child Sex Advocacy Websites as Learning Environments for Crime; R. D’Ovidio, T. Mitman, I. J. El-Burki, and W. Shumar

The Internet as a Terrorist’s Tool: A Social Learning Perspective; T. Freiburger and J. S. Crane

Section III: Digital Piracy

Value and Choice: Examining Their Roles in Digital Piracy; G. E. Higgins

Suing the Genie Back in the Bottle: The Failed RIAA Strategy to Deter P2P Network Users; M. Bachmann

Criminological Predictors of Digital Piracy: A Path Analysis; W. D. Gunter

Change of Music Piracy and Neutralization: An Examination Using Short-Term Longitudinal Data; G. E. Higgins, S. E. Wolfe, and C. D. Marcum

Digital File Sharing: An Examination of Neutralization and Rationalization Techniques Employed by Digital File Sharers; R. Moore

Section IV: Cyber Victimization

Cyber-Routine Activities: Empirical Examination of Online Lifestyle, Digital Guardians, and Computer-Crime Victimization; K.-S. Choi

Adolescent Online Victimization and Constructs of Routine Activities Theory; C. D. Marcum

Cyber Stalking: Typology, Etiology, and Victims; M. L. Pittaro

Online Social Networking and Women Victims; D. Halder and K. Jaishankar

Malware Victimization: A Routine Activities Framework; A. M. Bossler and T. J. Holt

Section V: Legal and Policy Issues of Cyber Crimes

Fatwas Chaos Ignites Cyber Vandalism: Does Islamic Criminal Law Prohibit Cyber Vandalism? A. M. Maghaireh

Cyber Bullying: Legal Obligations and Educational Policy Vacuum; S. Shariff and D. L. Hoff

Human Rights Infringement in the Digital Age; R. G. Smith

Conclusion; K. Jaishankar


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K. Jaishankar, PhD, is a senior assistant professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Cyber Criminology and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences. He is the founding president of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) and founding executive director of the Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling. Among the recent books he has written and/or co-edited are Cyber Bullying: Profile and Policy Guidelines, International Perspectives on Crime and Justice, Trends and Issues of Victimology, and Crime Victims and Justice: An Introduction to Restorative Principles. He pioneered the development of the new field of cyber criminology and is the proponent of the space transition theory of cyber crimes. His areas of academic competence include cyber criminology, victimology, crime mapping, geographic information systems, communal violence, theoretical criminology, policing, and crime prevention.