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Policy and Internet Call for Papers: Special Issue on Cybercrime

Published on
16 May 2010
Policy and Internet, the first major peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal investigating the impact of the Internet on public policy, is inviting submissions for a special issue on cybercrime to be published in April 2011.

Policy and Internet, the first major peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal investigating the impact of the Internet on public policy, is inviting submissions for a special issue on cybercrime, to be published in April 2011 [submission deadline: 30 Nov 2010].

Cybercrime is a timely issue which carries very considerable associated risks for individuals, business and industry and public administration or e-government. It has policy implications for national and supra-national legislation, co-operation between law enforcement organisations, co-operation between the public and private spheres and international co-ordination against transnational crime.

Cybercrime is on the global policy agenda, both within nation states and internationally. As such, multidisciplinary views on the policy issues raised by cybercrime are actively being sought by policymaking communities. This special issue of Policy and Internet will make a significant impact in the debates, drawing together viewpoints from a range of academic disciplines into a coherent spectrum of complementary perspectives aimed at policymakers and influencers, as well as researchers in the area.

We call for academic papers reporting on innovative research into the public policy implications of cybercrime, present and future. The journal is fully multi-disciplinary in scope, and perspectives from any academic discipline are welcomed, provided that the papers consider the policy implications of the research discussed, whether general, sectoral, country-specific or comparative.

Topics we will consider for this special issue include (for example):

  • The Internet as a facilitator of traditional crime (eg fraud, money laundering, terrorism or offences against the person, etc)
  • Regulation of content-related crime (eg extreme pornography, child abuse images, hate speech, etc) and the relationship with freedom of expression
  • Misuse of personal data and the right to online privacy
  • Safety and security of computer systems
  • Protection of the critical national technology infrastructure
  • Policing the Internet

The definition of ‘cybercrime’ is obviously wide-ranging: please contact the editors ( if you have any queries about how your paper might fit in the issue.

Paper Submissions

The online submission deadline for papers is 30 November 2010. Please indicate in a cover note that the paper is intended for the special issue. Authors are advised to consult the journal’s guide for authors before submitting their paper.

Authors: Submit your paper now (BEPress login page), or see the Guide for Authors.

About the Guest Editor

The Special Issue Guest Editor, Dr Stefan Fafinski, is a Visiting Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, and an Associate Lecturer in Law at the Open University where he has also taught postgraduate forensic computing. He specialises in computer misuse, cybercrime and Internet law. His research interests include cyberlaw and cybercrime, networked society, culture and technology, the criminogenic potential of the Internet and the corresponding policy implications for its regulation.

Stefan has over twenty years experience in the information technology industry. Before entering academia he was Senior Director of Professional Services for a global communications software corporation. He has subsequently researched, published and lectured on cybercrime, computer misuse and Internet law and won the 2006 British Association for the Advancement of Science (now the British Science Association) Joseph Lister Award for his work on cybercrime.

Stefan has published widely on cyberlaw and cybercrime, focusing on computer misuse, e-crime and identity theft. His recent books include ‘Computer Misuse: Response, Regulation and the Law’ (Willan, Cullompton 2009), and, with Emily Finch, ‘Identity Theft’ (Willan 2010). He is currently working on ‘Information Technology and the Law: Perspectives from Europe and the UK’ for Cambridge University Press.

About Policy and Internet

Policy and Internet aims to be the premier venue for scholars and researchers to set the public policy agenda in the digital era. The journal is edited by the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) for the Policy Studies Organization (PSO). It was established in 2009 as the first major peer-reviewed journal investigating the implications of the Internet and associated technologies for public policy.

The journal is fully multi-disciplinary in scope: perspectives from any academic discipline are welcomed, particularly political science, economics, law, sociology, information science, communications, computer science, psychology, management, geography and medicine. Topics range across policy sectors and regions of the world, including generalised, sectoral or country-specific policy effects. Approaches may include methodological innovation, theoretical development or new data.

The Editors are Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon and David Sutcliffe (University of Oxford). (See also the Policy and Internet Editorial Board) There are four issues a year, published by Berkeley Electronic Press.

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