Cybercrime and Digital Deviance is a work that combines insights from sociology, criminology, and computer science to explore cybercrimes such as hacking and romance scams, along with forms of cyberdeviance such as pornography addiction, trolling, and flaming. Other issues are explored including cybercrime investigations, organized cybercrime, the use of algorithms in policing, cybervictimization, and the theories used to explain cybercrime.
Graham and Smith make a conceptual distinction between a terrestrial, physical environment and a single digital environment produced through networked computers. Conceptualizing the online space as a distinct environment for social interaction links this text with assumptions made in the fields of urban sociology or rural criminology. Students in sociology and criminology will have a familiar entry point for understanding what may appear to be a technologically complex course of study. The authors organize all forms of cybercrime and cyberdeviance by applying a typology developed by David Wall: cybertrespass, cyberdeception, cyberviolence, and cyberpornography. This typology is simple enough for students just beginning their inquiry into cybercrime. Because it is based on legal categories of trespassing, fraud, violent crimes against persons, and moral transgressions it provides a solid foundation for deeper study.
Taken together, Graham and Smith’s application of a digital environment and Wall’s cybercrime typology makes this an ideal upper level text for students in sociology and criminal justice. It is also an ideal introductory text for students within the emerging disciplines of cybercrime and cybersecurity.
This is the most thorough criminological text to date on cyberdeviance, cybercrime, and cyberpolicing. It looks beyond the boundaries of computer science and criminology to help us understand a new world of deception, trespass, and harm.
Marcus Felson, Professor of Criminology, Texas State University
Graham and Smith have produced a text exploring cybercrime and cyberdeviance through a multidisciplinary social science framework. Bringing together multiple disciplinary frameworks – including criminology, sociology, computer sciences, engineering, and data analytics – Cybercrime and Cyberdeviance provides rich insights into the full range of cyber harms. Connecting societal, technological, political, and legal shifts, Graham and Smith’s insights are easy to understand, informative, and up-to-date. One of the many strengths of the work is its ability to discuss complicated topics typically addressed in computer science and engineering in a way that social science students can appreciate and understand. Taking these technological concepts and addressing them through a sociological and humanistic lens offers readers a perspective that will better prepare them for the future of cybercrime. Given the increased prevalence of cybercrime and cyberdeviance, the need for more professionals in this area is clear. While the increase in cybercrime is a great concern for all of us, it is comforting that Roderick Graham and ‘Shawn Smith have delivered a text that will give future cybercrime professionals the awareness they need to better respond to these offenses.
Brian K. Payne, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Old Dominion University
1. Understanding Cybercrime in the Digital Environment; 2. Cybertrespass; 3. Cyberpornography; 4. Cyberviolence; 5. Cyberdeception and Theft; 6. Investigating Cybercrimes; 7. Organized Cybercrime; 8. Algorithms, Big Data, and Policing; 9. Cybervictimization; 10. Cybercriminology