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Cybercrime

The Transformation of Crime in the Information Age

Edition: 1st

Author: David Wall

ISBN: 9780745627366

Publishers: Polity

Price: £17.99

Publication Date: July 2007

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How has the Internet transformed criminal behaviour? What is different about cybercrime compared with traditional criminal activity? What new criminal opportunities have arisen? What impact might cybercrime have on public security?

In this exciting new text, David Wall carefully examines these and other important issues. He discusses what is known about cybercrime, disentangling the rhetoric of risk assessment from its reality.

Looking at the full range of cybercrime, he shows how the increase in personal computing power available within a globalized communications network has affected the nature of and response to criminal activities. Drawing on empirical research findings and multidisciplinary sources he goes on to argue that we are beginning to experience a new generation of automated cybercrimes, which are almost completely mediated by networked technologies that are themselves converging.

We have now entered the world of low impact, multiple victim crimes in which bank robbers, for example, no longer have to meticulously plan the theft of millions of dollars. New technological capabilities at their disposal now mean that one person can effectively commit millions of robberies of one dollar each. Against this background, David Wall scrutinizes the regulatory challenges that cybercrime poses for the criminal (and civil) justice processes, at both the national and the international levels.
This book offers the most comprehensive, and intellectually robust, account of cybercrime currently available. It is suitable for use on courses across the social sciences, and in computer science, and will appeal to advanced undergraduate and graduate students.


Reviews to date

"Wall writes with wry wit ... he has to be congratulated, not only for putting together a compendium of cybercrime, but also for suggesting a structured way to understand it. He is an obvious master in this new, difficult and developing field of criminological enquiry."

James Sheptycki, Surveillance and Society

"David Wall's Cybercrime is a refreshing look at new forms of crime. Rather than 'decent' desperate nineteenth-century street crime that sends minorities to prison, cybercrime is virtually new; a risky frontier for the middle classes. These new forms find the police ill suited and untrained for their investigation, businesses ready to exploit them, academics fretting - and few, other than David Wall, writing about them with clarity, honesty and detail. Shut down your computer and have a look at this book."

Peter K. Manning, Northeastern University

"Cybercrime is a rapidly changing landscape, and David Wall's important book is a wonderful introduction to the subject. Up-to-date, comprehensive, and readable, it provides an impressive overview of the varieties of contemporary cybercrime, and the many institutions in the public, private, and voluntary sectors that work toward its prevention and control."

Peter Grabosky, Australian National University

"This stimulating, thoughtful and well written book is an ideal review of the way that electronic communications have changed (and yet in many ways have not changed) the world of crime and its control. It should be read by all who are prepared to move beyond the usual crimes and the usual suspects."

Michael Levi, Cardiff University


Table of Contents

*CONTENTS

*Preface and Acknowledgements

*List of Tables and Figures

*1 Introduction

*2 Understanding crime in the information age:

*What are cybercrimes and what do we know about them?

*3 Cyberspace and the transformation of criminal activity:

*How have networked technologies changed opportunities for criminal activity?

*4 Computer integrity crime: Hacking, cracking and denial of service

*How has criminal activity changed in the information age? - Part 1

*5 Computer assisted crime: Virtual robberies, scams and thefts

*How has criminal activity changed in the information age? - Part 2

*6 Computer content crime: Pornography, violence, offensive communications

*How has criminal activity changed in the information age? - Part 3

*7 Cybercrime futures: The automation of offender-victim engagement

*How is criminal activity continuing to change in the information age?

*8 Policing online behaviour: Order and law on the cyberbeat

*How is cyberspace policed and by whom?

*9 Controlling and preventing cybercrime

*How are cybercrimes to be regulated and prevented?

*10 Conclusions: The transformation of crime in the information age

*Cases and References

*Glossary

*Index


The Author

DS Wall, Professor of Criminal Justice, Head of the School of Law and member of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds



Making Sense of Criminology

Edition: paperback

Authors: Keith Soothill, Moira Peelo and Claire Taylor

ISBN: 9780745628752

Publishers: Polity Press

Price: £12.99

Publication Date: September 2002

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Making Sense of Criminology is a clear, concise introduction for all students new to the subject. As well as introducing ideas about crime and criminals, it is intended to help students make sense of criminology as a study or discipline. The authors present criminology as a debate about assessing and evaluating information connected with crime.

The book explores the key issues, philosophies and debates in criminology, making use of a variety of writers and texts to illuminate recurring themes and tensions in the field. Students are encouraged to become aware of what constitutes data in criminology and to recognize the uses of theory in evaluating criminological problems. In a ground plan of the subject, the history of criminology is set alongside current information about the justice system and awareness of current trends in research. This provides an excellent base on which new students can build their study.

Table of Contents

List of Boxes, Figures And Tables.
Acknowledgements.
Preface.
1. Introduction To Criminology.
2. Knowing About Crime.
3. Knowing About The Justice System.
4. Whose Justice Is It?
5. Explaining Crime And Criminality.
6. Criminology and Social Policy.
7. Blurring The Boundaries: Power, Protest And Pleasure.
8. Criminology In A Changing World.
Resources For Further Study.
Bibliography.

The Authors

Keith Soothill is Professor of Social Research at Lancaster University; Moira Peelo and Claire Taylor are both researching in areas of criminology, also at Lancaster University.

Reviews to date

"I enjoyed reading Making Sense of Criminology. It is an interesting, accessible, wide-ranging and thoroughly up to date introduction to criminology that should find its way onto many reading lists. Students and teachers alike will find it a valuable resource."

Simon Holdaway, Sheffield University

"This lively and provocative text offers a thoughtful introduction to the issues and debates that constitute the discipline of criminology. Without ducking difficulties, it manages to be both authoritative and concise. I am sure it will encourage new students to 'make sense of criminology'."

Tony Jefferson, Keele University



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Surveillance Studies An Overview

Edition: paperback

Author: David Lyon

ISBN: 9780745635927

Publishers: Polity Press

Price: £14.99

Publication Date: June 2007

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The study of surveillance is more relevant than ever before. The fast growth of the field of surveillance studies reflects both the urgency of civil liberties and privacy questions in the war on terror era and the classical social science debates over the power of watching and classification, from Bentham to Foucault and beyond. In this overview, David Lyon, one of the pioneers of surveillance studies, fuses with aplomb classical debates and contemporary examples to provide the most accessible and up-to-date introduction to surveillance available.

The book takes in surveillance studies in all its breadth, from local face-to-face oversight through technical developments in closed-circuit TV, radio frequency identification and biometrics to global trends that integrate surveillance systems internationally. Surveillance is understood in its ambiguity, from caring to controlling, and the role of visibility of the surveilled is taken as seriously as the powers of observing, classifying and judging. The book draws on international examples and on the insights of several disciplines; sociologists, political scientists and geographers will recognize key issues from their work here, but so will people from media, culture, organization, technology and policy studies. This illustrates the diverse strands of thought and critique available, while at the same time the book makes its own distinct contribution and offers tools for evaluating both surveillance trends and the theories that explain them.

Reviews to date

"David Lyon's work demands our utmost respect and admiration for its scope, balance and clarity. If one were restricted to the reliance on only one text on surveillance I would suggest without hesitation to select this book."

Ursula M. Franklin, University of Toronto

"A clearly written, comprehensive and balanced introduction to the burgeoning field of surveillance studies. Definitive (or even pretty good) answers are elusive, but this book does a fine job of asking the right social scientific and moral questions."

Gary T. Marx, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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Law and Order

An Honest Citizenís Guide to Crime and Control

Edition: paperback

Author: Robert Reiner

ISBN: 9780745629971

Publishers: Polity Press

Price:£12.99

Publication Date: July 2007

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Law and order has become a key issue throughout the world. Crime stories saturate the mass media and politicians shrilly compete with each other in a race to be the toughest on crime. Prisons are crammed to bursting point, and police powers and resources extended repeatedly. After decades of explosive increase in crime rates, these have plummeted throughout the Western world in the 1990s. Yet fear of crime and violence, and the security industries catering for these anxieties, grow relentlessly.

This book offers an up-to-date analysis of these contemporary trends by providing all honest and concerned citizens with a concise yet comprehensive survey of the sources of current problems and anxieties about crime. It shows that the dominant tough law and order approach to crime is based on fallacies about its nature, sources, and what works in terms of crime control. Instead it argues that the growth of crime has deep-seated causes, so that policing and penal policy at best can only temporarily hold a lid down on offending.

The book is intended to inform public debate about these vital issues through a critical deconstruction of prevailing orthodoxy. With its focus on current policies, problems and debates this book is also an excellent introduction to criminology for the growing numbers of students of the subject at all levels.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Neo-Liberalism, Crime, and Control
2. An Inspector Calls: Putting Crime in its Place
3. A Mephistophelean Calculus: Measuring Crime Trends
4. Permissiveness v. Political Economy: Explaining Crime Trends
5. A New Leviathan?: Law and Order Politics and Tough Crime Control
6. Conclusion: Law and Order - A 2020 Vision
References

Reviews to date

"Reiner reviews a very large body of criminological literature, and his detailed arguments, along with the bibliography he offers, constitute an important source for students and researchers."

--Vincenzo Ruggiero, Times Higher Education Supplement

"Citizens wanting to separate fact from fiction on the subject of crime control now have the reliable guide that they so badly need. Robert Reiner is Britain's most informed and insightful commentator on law and order and this fact-packed book presents his critical wisdom in prose that is concise, direct, and always entertaining."

--David Garland, New York University

"This is a timely, well-organized and coherent treatment of an important topic. It is characterized throughout by the author's trademark ability to distill a large of amount of factual material and criminological theory and research into a lively, thought-provoking and accessible narrative."

--Ian Loader, University of Oxford

Author

Robert Reiner is Professor of Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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