Few aspects of everyday life remain untouched by the influence of computers and networking technologies (including the Internet). Banking, shopping, dating, art, and other human endeavors are increasingly mediated by computers and telecommunications technologies. High technology has therefore fundamentally shaped the social, economic, political, and cultural landscape. These changes have also affected criminal activity and crime control, as well as individual and national security. This entry is primarily concerned with the influence of technology in areas central to criminology and criminal justice, namely, crime, policing, and law, and includes discussions regarding surveillance, security, and privacy.

Technology and Crime

Perhaps the most notable intersection between crime, computers, and network technologies concerns cybercrimes or technocrimes. While difficult to define with precision, technocrimes can generally be understood as criminal and/or ...

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