A critical investigation into the role of cyber-disinhibition in precipitating and controlling cybercrime

Webb, Hazel (2015) A critical investigation into the role of cyber-disinhibition in precipitating and controlling cybercrime. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The internet opens up opportunities for freedom and expanded communication, transcending geographical boundaries and becoming an integral part of life in many of today's societies. Though for some of its users, this also provides the opportunity for abusive and unlawful actions, of which are becoming of growing concern.
    Cyber-disinhibition is suggested as one of the key psychological forces influencing the propensity for cybercrime, tempting otherwise good members of society to behave in ways in which they would not reciprocate in reality. Whilst this state of cyber-disinhibition can be the result of many different factors, means of addressing this can be confined to one primary influence; anonymity.
    In theory, providing a form of linkability between a user's true identity and their virtual identity therefore seems like a logical solution to control the propensity for cybercrime. However in reality, the implementation of such controlling measures (for instance by the means of real name policies) is not so clear-cut, proving controversial based on the diverse balance between arguments for and against the use of online anonymity that are evidently present within society.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Computing
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 08:52
    Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 08:52
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/19086

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