Greenwood Publishing Group, Praeger Publishers 2010

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Cybercrime - Criminal Threats from Cyberspace
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Susan W. Brenner
ISBN: 978-0-313-36546-1
Publishers: Praeger (An Imprint of ABC-Clio, LLC)
Price: 31.95
Publication Date: 2/26/2010
Publisher's Title Information

Cybercrime: Criminal Threats from Cyberspace is intended to explain two things: what cybercrime is and why the average citizen should care about it. To accomplish that task, the book offers an overview of cybercrime and an in-depth discussion of the legal and policy issues surrounding it.
Enhancing her narrative with real-life stories, author Susan W. Brenner traces the rise of cybercrime from mainframe computer hacking in the 1950s to the organized, professional, and often transnational cybercrime that has become the norm in the 21st century. She explains the many different types of computer-facilitated crime, including identity theft, stalking, extortion, and the use of viruses and worms to damage computers, and outlines and analyzes the challenges cybercrime poses for law enforcement officers at the national and international levels. Finally, she considers the inherent tension between improving law enforcement's ability to pursue cybercriminals and protecting the privacy of U.S. citizens.

Title Features:

A chronology traces the emergence and evolution of cybercrime from the 1950s to the present
Detailed descriptions and analysis of real cybercrime cases illustrate what cybercrime is and how cybercriminals operate

The Author

Susan W. Brenner is the NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology at the University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, OH.

From the Series Foreword

This book is an outstanding contribution to the interdisciplinary series on Crime, Media, and Popular Culture from Praeger Publishers. Because of the pervasiveness of media in our lives and the salience of crime and criminal justice issues, we feel it is especially important to provide a home for scholars who are engaged in innovative and thoughtful research on important crime ,and mass media issues. It seemed essential to include a book in the series that examined the dynamic nature of cybercrime.

Many of us have a limited knowledge of the crimes that occur in the world of computers and the Internet, known as "cybercrimes" because they occur in Cyberspace." These crimes run the gambit from scams and fraud to stalking
In this book, Professor Brenner provides an accessible and informative exploration of the history of cybercrime, the various categories of cybercrime, and the law enforcement response. Drawing on true cases of cybercrime and fictional depictions in popular culture, Professor Brenner tells us what we need to know about the new world created by the expansion of computer technology. As she illustrates, although there are reasons for concern about cyberspace, we can only go forward into this brave new world. As the technology evolves, the responses of both citizens and the criminal justice system must also evolve.

Round Up the Usual Suspects Criminal Investigation in Law & Order, Cold Case, and CSI
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardback
Author: Raymond Ruble
ISBN: 978-0-275-99512-6
Publishers: Praeger
Price: 27.95
Publication Date: 30th Dec 2009
Publisher's Information:

TV shows that retain their popularity over the years do so for obvious reasons: good production values, good acting, and compelling storylines. But detective stories in particular also endure because they appeal to the gumshoe in all of us. America is obsessed with crime solving. Nancy Grace on CNN Headline News, Greta Van Susteren on Fox, and the seemingly annual recurrence of the courtroom sensation all testify to this fact. And these people and cases are able to reach their phenomenal status not simply because of the media-the media only demonstrates the enormous national appetite for this material. Rather, Cold Case, CSI, and Law & Order have achieved their current popularity because they all respond to the same national craving for crime, and do so with great skill and creativity. Round Up the Usual Suspects provides a comparison of the crime fighting models and justice proceedings of each of these TV series.
Each series has its own special crime-fighting niche, and each approaches its job with a different set of values and different paradigms of discovery and proof. Their separate approaches are each firmly grounded in different components of human nature analytical reasoning, for instance, in CSI, memory in Cold Case, and teamwork in Law & Order. After examining each of the individual series in depth, Ruble goes on to investigate some of the historical antecedents in classical TV detective series such as The FBI and Dragnet. It is interesting to note that these crime fighting methodologies are extensions of the way we all process information about the world. Ray Ruble here aims to increase our appreciation for the ingenious manner in which fictional cases are broken and convictions convincingly secured, and also illuminates the deeper human elements that lie under a more implicit spotlight in these runaway hits.

Table of Contents:
Introduction. police procedurals and the human need for stories
Chapter one. csi: crime scene investigation, a cartesian hymn
Chapter two. cold case: a romance
Chapter three. without a trace: wheres waldo?
Chapter four. boomtown: the lost and found department
Chapter five. law & order: and justice for all
Glossary of key conceptsindex of episodes and character names

The Author:
Raymond Ruble has taught philosophy for over thirty-five years at Appalachian State University and is the author of The Theory and Practice of Critical Thinking as well as various essays on philosophical issues contained within popular culture topics.


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