Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System suggests that information technology in criminal justice will continue to challenge us to think about how we turn information into knowledge, who can use that knowledge, and for what purposes. In this text, editor April Pattavina synthesizes the growing body of research in information technology and criminal justice. Contributors examine what has been learned from past experiences, what the current state of IT is in various components of the criminal justice system, and what challenges lie ahead.
Chapter 4: The Internet as a Conduit for Criminal Activity
The Internet as a Conduit for Criminal Activity
Although there appears to be a common view that the Internet has had a major impact on criminality, there is much less consensus as to what that impact has been. Many sources make claims about the prevalence of cybercrime (i.e., networked computer crime) without clarifying what is precisely the issue at hand. Indeed, when so-called cases of cybercrime come to court, they often have the familiar ring of the “traditional” rather than the “cyber” about them. Fraud, pornography, pedophilia, and the like are already covered by substantive areas of law in most jurisdictions. Even more confusing is the gap between the many hundreds of thousands of estimated incidents and ...