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4. Media and web sources  

This chapter focuses on media and web sources of information about crime and criminology. It first considers the different media sources—newspapers, broadcast media, and fiction—and explains their relevance to the study of criminology. The chapter provides detailed information on identifying and locating relevant source materials in the media, and outlines the different types of online information such as official publications, reports from criminology organizations, and interest groups, as well as blogs and forums. It discusses how to assess the usefulness, relevance, and reliability of materials.


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12. Cybercrime  

Matthew Williams and David Wall

This chapter examines the nature of cybercrime and its implications for criminology. It is organized as follows. The first part traces the evolution of the Internet as an environment for the emergence of cybercrime. The second considers the various conflicting definitional problems of cybercrime and offers a method of resolving them. The third part outlines the problems with measuring cybercrime before providing an indication of the scale of the problem. The fourth part briefly explores how those problems are being resolved. The fifth part looks at the governance and regulation of cybercrime, while the final part provides an overview of the various theoretical explanations.


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21. Cybercrime: A social ecology  

Ben Collier and Alice Hutchings

This chapter outlines the social ecology of cybercrime. The national and international contours of power, crime, and harm emerging in Internet societies lies at the heart of many crucial areas of contemporary criminological debate. Despite the increasing prominence of cybercrime, its integration into mainstream criminology remains fragmented and piecemeal. Moreover, cybercrime studies are breaking new frontiers in novel forms of empirical work after drawing on the very large datasets made available in online forums, chat channels, and social media. The chapter explains how collaborations from different disciplines might form the seeds of an optimistic future for the criminology of cybercrime.