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Title Digital Drift and the “Sense of Injustice”: Counter-Productive Policing of Youth Cybercrime      
Author Thomas Holt, Russell Brewer, Andrew Goldsmith, Deviant Behavior
Date 2018-07-24 Hit 31

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Title: Digital Drift and the “Sense of Injustice”: Counter-Productive Policing of Youth Cybercrime

 

Authors: Thomas Holt, Russell Brewer, Andrew Goldsmith, Deviant Behavior

 

Date: May 2018

 

Abstract: Over the past several decades, criminological scholarship has increasingly focused on the problem of cybercrime including technology-enabled offending. Theoretical developments that account for these offences have not grown in tandem, leading to questions as to the nature of cybercriminality relative to traditional forms of offending. Recently, Goldsmith and Brewer proposed the conceptual framework of digital drift, extending elements of Matza’s original theories to the virtual environment. While making a useful contribution to the theorization of cybercrime, we argue that further elements of Matza’s original work also warrant consideration. In particular, we acknowledge the role of policing and the criminal justice system in affecting offender perceptions and decision-making. As such, this article extends the theorizing around digital drift to incorporate the ways that offender views are shaped in reaction to the law enforcement and industry responses to cybercrime. The implications of this extension are discussed in depth.

 

DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2018.1472927



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