New PDF release: Dot.cons: Crime, Deviance and Identity on the Internet

By Yvonne Jewkes

ISBN-10: 184392000X

ISBN-13: 9781843920007

Our on-line world opens up infinitely new chances to the deviant mind's eye. With entry to the web and enough knowledge you could, when you are so vulnerable, purchase a bride, cruise homosexual bars, pass on an international procuring spree with somebody else's bank card, holiday right into a bank's safety procedure, plan an indication abroad and hack into the Pentagon − all at the comparable day. in additional than the other medium, time and position are transcended, undermining the conventional courting among actual context and social situation.

This ebook crosses the bounds of sociological, criminological and cultural discourse with a purpose to discover the results of those enormous changes in details and communique applied sciences for the expansion of felony and deviant identities and behaviour on the net. this can be a ebook no longer approximately desktops, nor approximately criminal controversies over the legislation of our on-line world, yet approximately humans and the hot styles of human identification, habit and organization which are rising end result of the communications revolution.

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And eBay are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by the amount of piracy that is being conducted on their sites (Hopper 2000). The industry’s solution to the problem of Internet users downloading and circulating material illegally is to develop system-based methods of payment for copyrighted material. For example, one such program under development checks if potential customers have paid a royalty and, if not, electronic payment will be demanded or access denied (Tang 1997). Perhaps the most well-known case highlighting the disputes that can arise over copyright is that of Napster, the free music download service that was forced to suspend its operation in 2001 when the Record Industry Association of America took it to court for copyright infringement.

The original form of the injunction was found to be ‘inappropriate’ for the Internet, whereby a service provider could potentially be found in contempt of court for unknowingly providing access to material about the pair or their whereabouts. ISPs are now compelled to take all reasonable measures to prevent this from happening and at the current time the identities and location of Thompson and Venables remain hidden. But stories about the killers – posted on sites in other parts of the world – still abound on the Net, and many contain factual inaccuracies and perpetuate dangerous mythologies about the case.

The financial industry is taking steps to make online transactions more secure with the development of digital ‘signatures’ which will authenticate the identities of Internet shoppers and silicon chips that are inserted into cards to make counterfeiting more difficult. But the truth is that the dangers of identity theft and credit card fraud still lie predominantly within the ‘real world’ of shops and restaurants where cards are ‘skimmed’, or copied, and a counterfeit produced using the information.

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