Principally led by Michael McGuire, this research area is focused on understanding and evidencing the growing impacts of technology - not just upon offending, but the criminal justice process as a whole. Current research is focused upon several thematic areas: 1) Developing a more sophisticated understanding of digital or cyber crime and more effective responses to this. Amongst various projects under this theme can be included; an international working group on cybercrime aimed at setting out new cyber crime research methods for the coming decade; work with the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security on mapping and responding to the emerging phenomenon of Cloud based offending; and research into the nature and form of organised crime online. 2) Creating a more comprehensive approach to technology crime and control, in order to extend understanding beyond the use and misuse of digital technologies. One output here will be the forthcoming Handbook of Technology, Crime and Justice (Routledge, 2015) which brings together international experts across the fields of chemical, biological, nuclear, and other technologies to offer a state of the art analysis of their criminal significance. 3) Analysis of the implications of automation for crime and its control - for example algorithmic based crime prevention tools. 4) Developing new frameworks for more effective handling of technology dependent evidence in the courtroom.
Key findings from this work can be found in:
Funded Research Projects