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Journal of Technology Studies, v32 n1 p32-42 Win 2006

Crime, policing and security are enabled by and co-evolve with technologies that make them possible. As criminals compete with security and policing officials for technological advantage perpetually complex crime, policing and security results in relatively confusing and therefore unmanageable threats to society. New, adaptive and ordinary crimes emerge over time to create technology crime waves, the magnitude of which can theoretically be measured, compared and predicted. These principles underscore a new theory of technology-enabled crime, policing and security pertinent for understanding contemporary threats posed by emerging forms of cybercrime, transnational crime and terrorism networks that defy traditional methods criminal justice and security measures for preventing and controlling crime. (Contains 6 figures, 1 table and 1 note.)

Descriptors: Crime, Information Technology, Methods, Police, Law Enforcement, Criminology, Terrorism, Criminals, Innovation

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Author: McQuade, Sam


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