Rethinking Cybercrime: Critical Debates

The book provides a contemporary ‘snapshot’ of critical debate centred around cybercrime and related issues, to advance theoretical development and inform social and educational policy. It covers theoretical explanations for cybercrime, typologies of online grooming, online-trolling, hacking, and law and policy directions. This collection draws on the very best papers from 2 major international conferences on cybercrime organised by UCLAN. It is well positioned for advanced students and lecturers in Criminology, Law, Sociology, Social Policy, Computer Studies, Policing, Forensic Investigation, Public Services and Philosophy who want to understand cybercrime from different angles and perspectives.

Book contents:

  1. CyberTerrorism: Some Insights from Owen’s Genetic-Social Framework

  2. Vygotsky and Internet Grooming: The Darker Side of ZPD and Scaffolding

  3. The Criminalisation of Tools Under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The Need to Rethink Cybercrime Offences to Effectively Protect Legitimate Activities and Deter Cybercriminals

  4. A Short History of Hacktivism: Its Past and Present and What Can We Learn from It

  5. Assuming Identities Online: How Linguistics Is Helping the Policing of Online Grooming and the Distribution of Abusive Images

  6. The Need to Think Beyond Objective Territoriality to Better Protect the Rights of the Suspect of a Cybercrime

  7. Images of Violence and Atrocity in Modern Media

  8. Can Risk Society and the Ideology of Motherhood Explain the Continued Hostility Towards the McCanns on Social Media?

  9. ‘In and Out, On and Off: LGBT+ Online Experiences’

  10. The Internet-of-Things: A Surveillance Wonderland

  11. Routine Activity Theory and Cybercrime Investigation in Nigeria: How Capable Are Law Enforcement Agencies?

  12. Online Grooming: An Exploration into the Genetic-Social Variables Which Enable Victimisation