Researching Cybercrimes

Methodologies, Ethics, and Critical Approaches

Editors: Lavorgna, Anita, Holt, Thomas J. (Eds.)

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  • Provides a state-of-the-art collection on conducting cybercrime research
  • Seeks to develop a common jargon, methodology and ethical standards for researching cybercrime across the globe
  • Presents a diverse range of cybercrime research examples, from an international range of contributors
  • Speaks to those in the social sciences, applied philosophy, computer science, legal ethics and beyond
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About this Textbook

This edited book promotes and facilitates cybercrime research by providing a cutting-edge collection of perspectives on the critical usage of online data across platforms, as well as the implementation of both traditional and innovative analysis methods. The accessibility, variety and wealth of data available online presents substantial opportunities for researchers from different disciplines to study cybercrimes and, more generally, human behavior in cyberspace. The unique and dynamic characteristics of cyberspace often demand cross-disciplinary and cross-national research endeavors, but disciplinary, cultural and legal differences can hinder the ability of researchers to collaborate. This work also provides a review of the ethics associated with the use of online data sources across the globe. The authors are drawn from multiple disciplines and nations, providing unique insights into the value and challenges evident in online data use for cybercrime scholarship. It is a key text for researchers at the upper undergraduate level and above.

About the authors

Anita Lavorgna is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Southampton, UK. Anita has an international research track record on and expertise in interdisciplinary research drawing together criminology, socio-legal studies, and web science. She has worked extensively on cybercrime, serious and organised crime, and online social harms. 
Thomas J. Holt is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, USA. His research focuses on cybercrime, cyberterrorism, and the policy response to these phenomena.  His work has appeared in a range of academic journals in criminology and criminal justice.

Reviews

“In Researching Cybercrimes: Methodologies, Ethics, and Critical Approaches Lavorgna and Holt bring together a wealth of expertise addressing the challenges and opportunities for conducting criminological research in a digital society. This collection is an invaluable resource for both early and established scholars of cybercrime, or indeed anyone seeking guidance on the techniques and ethical considerations necessary for digital research. It is an outstanding contribution to cyber and digital criminologies: synthesizing and extending understanding of a range of both familiar and innovative methods in the discipline. In doing so Researching Cybercrimes is an important - indeed an essential - sourcebook for criminologists and other social scientists addressing crime, harm and deviance in cyberspace” (Dr Anastasia Powell, Associate Professor in Criminology & Justice Studies, RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University, Australia) 

“This timely and essential book provides much-needed methodological insights and ethical guidance to cybercrime researchers. It will enable aspiring and experienced criminologists to design responsible data collection and analysis protocols and draw inspiration from a truly interdisciplinary and international sample of best practices” (Prof Benoit Dupont is Professor of Criminology at the Université de Montréal and Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity, Canada) 

“Criminology is difficult. It involves studying behavior that many would rather go uninvestigated or even unnoticed out of fear of shame, reprisal, or apprehension. The issue is only more acute for criminologists examining cybercrimes. Well-documented are the advantages offered to criminals by computers and the internet as are the disadvantages for researchers and law enforcement. Fortunately, criminologists have made significant strides in recent decades to forge innovative solutions to problems endemic to cybercrime research. In Researching Cybercrimes, Anita Lavorgna and Thomas Holt have assembled a crack team of internationally respected cybercrime scholars to provide a robust assessment of the contemporary methodological landscape while charting directions for future cybercrime research. Its chapters cut across a variety of subjects sure to be of interest to scholar and student alike including the logic of cybercrime inquiry, innovations and challenges in data gathering and analysis, and cybercrime research ethics. All self-respecting cybercrime researchers should keep this volume within arm’s reach” (Dr Kevin F. Steinmetz is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Kansas State University, USA)

Table of contents (26 chapters)

Table of contents (26 chapters)
  • Epistemologies of Cyberspace: Notes for Interdisciplinary Research

    Pages 5-22

    Lavorgna, Anita

  • The How and Why of Cybercrime: The EU as a Case Study of the Role of Ideas, Interests, and Institutions as Drivers of a Security-Governance Approach

    Pages 23-41

    Farrand, Benjamin (et al.)

  • Programming the Criminologist: Developing Cyber Skills to Investigate Cybercrime

    Pages 43-61

    McAlister, Ruth (et al.)

  • Profiling and Predictions: Challenges in Cybercrime Research Datafication

    Pages 63-79

    Custers, Bart

  • Data-Driven Technologies in Justice Systems: Intersections of Power, Data Configurations, and Knowledge Production

    Pages 81-102

    Ugwudike, Pamela

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Softcover $59.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Researching Cybercrimes
Book Subtitle
Methodologies, Ethics, and Critical Approaches
Editors
  • Anita Lavorgna
  • Thomas J. Holt
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-74837-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-74837-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-74836-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 539
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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