Dot.cons: Crime, Deviance and Identity on the Internet

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Yvonne Jewkes
Willan, 2002 - Computers - 200 pages

Cyberspace opens up infinitely new possibilities to the deviant imagination. With access to the Internet and sufficient know-how you can, if you are so inclined, buy a bride, cruise gay bars, go on a global shopping spree with someone else's credit card, break into a bank's security system, plan a demonstration in another country and hack into the Pentagon ^' all on the same day. In more than any other medium, time and place are transcended, undermining the traditional relationship between physical context and social situation.

This book crosses the boundaries of sociological, criminological and cultural discourse in order to explore the implications of these massive transformations in information and communication technologies for the growth of criminal and deviant identities and behaviour on the Internet. This is a book not about computers, nor about legal controversies over the regulation of cyberspace, but about people and the new patterns of human identity, behaviour and association that are emerging as a result of the communications revolution.

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Crime Online is a novel book for an introduction to the concepts and study of cyber-crimes. It summarizes a wide variety of online crimes, their definitiions, laws pertaining to them, current enforcement strategies,and suggestions on how these crimes may be dealth with. It does a good job of recognizing the unwarranted sensationalism of certain crimes that happen online and acknowledges that the media fail to induce individual responsibility for crimes committed. Where this book falls short is that it is outdated and not very contemporary in its information and examples. This may be due to the rapidly advancing nature of the Internet and the technology that surrounds it, but there is a limited perspective on the online underground, socila networking, and virtual spaces of the modern virtual world. Also, the book is largely Western-focused in its laws, suggestions and analyses; the book fails to recognize in any great detail the huge online population of Asian countries such as China, South Korea, Japan and Vietnam and the unique crimes that these environments produce. Nevertheless, it is recognized that it is difficult for a book, which is time-consuming to produce in mass circulation, to be relevant for an extended period of time when it is covering a topic such as online crime; therefore I would recommend an online database of articles instead.
Reviewed by: LUIGI PRIMAVERA
 

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About the author (2002)

Yvonne Jewkes is Professor of Criminology at the University of Leicester. She has written extensively on the problems of policing cybercrime as well as more generally about the relationship between new technologies, crime and deviance. Her books include Dot.cons: crime, deviance and identity on the internet (Willan, 2003) and Media and Crime (Sage, 2004). She is also cofounder and Editor of Crime, Media, Culture: an international journal and editor of Handbook on Prisons (Willan, 2007).

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