Cybercrime and public criminology
Savage, Jonah A.
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The enigmatic nature of cybercrime is an enduring theme across the criminology literature. As a result, a disconnect between stakeholders involved in digital crime seems to contribute to irresponsible discourse and ineffective policy. Further, this confusion has created a competition of interests in which narratives surrounding cybercrime inherit the ideology of the ‘winning’ sector (Habermas, 2015). It seems that private security is currently having undue influence over this discourse, and as such, narratives surrounding cybercrime remain marketized (Banks, 2015). Thus far, public criminologists have yet to adequately adapt to the merging of the technological and social realms, an adaptation that is a necessity in avoiding a continuation of punitive crime control trends (see Crepault, 2017; Garland and Sparks, 2000). The intersection of public criminology and digital criminology lies in discourse generation and the messaging the key cybercrime stakeholders provide to the public. This paper draws from eight semi-structured interviews with cybercrime experts in private security, financial institutions, academia, litigation, and law enforcement. The objective of this project is to spur a conversation between the different stakeholders explored below by merging the considerations of cybercrime and public criminology.