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By Yvonne Jewkes

Crime on-line is anxious to discover the twin ability of the net to pervert and to democratize: it bargains its clients freedom, democracy, and conversation with humans world wide whereas while producing anxieties relating its power to deprave weak minds and facilitate heinous crimes.

This ebook offers a hugely authoritative account and research of key matters in the swiftly burgeoning box of cybercrime. Drawing upon a number across the world recognized specialists within the box, and representing numerous varied disciplines, Crime Online makes a speciality of diversified structures and manifestations of cybercrime and various responses to its rules. it will likely be crucial analyzing for anyone with an curiosity in a single of the main intriguing and fast paced components of crime, policing and legislation.

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So far, the software industry has avoided product liability by arguing, among other things, that software is too complex to be treated as a simple product and that 24 j:book 9-10-2006 p:25 c:0 Cybercrime: re-thinking crime control strategies having to defend against thousands of frivolous civil product liability suits would chill innovation while raising the prices of software (Brenner, 2004). These issues and arguments all deal with civil product liability. Could a doctrine of criminal product liability be used for this purpose?

This problem is exacerbated by the ability to create an association between the amorphous identity and the individual to whom it purports to relate; an individual may use photographs or avatars to create a deliberately misleading impression as to aspects of their identity. In the absence of face-to-face interaction, subtle visual cues assume a greater importance hence contribute significantly to the potential for shielding, modifying or otherwise misrepresenting identity (cf. DiMarco, 2003). 37 j:book 9-10-2006 p:38 c:0 Crime Online The contribution of the Internet to the misuse of identity It is clear that the link between legal identity and the individual to whom it relates is even more fragile in the online environment than it is in the physical realm and this renders the Internet replete with criminogenic potential.

However, community policing is not a viable option for cybercrime: it would involve assigning officers to ‘patrol’ cyberspace, and that would require resources which are not available. Also, cyberspace does not contain the kind of communities this approach needs to succeed (Brenner, 2004). However, a variation of community policing can be applied to cyberspace. Unlike community policing, which relies primarily on an active police presence and only secondarily on citizen efforts, this model relies primarily on active citizen efforts and only secondarily on police support of those efforts.

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