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Serious, therefore organised? A critique of the emerging "cyber-organised crime" rhetoric in the United Kingdom

Lavorgna, A and Sergi, A (2016) 'Serious, therefore organised? A critique of the emerging "cyber-organised crime" rhetoric in the United Kingdom.' International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 10 (2). 170 - 187. ISSN 0974-2891

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Abstract

© 2016 International Journal of Cyber Criminology (IJCC). This paper, based on discourse analysis of policy documents, departs from a critique of the juxtaposition of the terms "serious" and "organised" in policies against organised crime in the UK. The conceptualisation of organised crime as national security threat supports our hypothesis that a similar critique can be applied to the emerging narrative of cyber-organised crime in the country. We argue that, whereby organised crime has become essentially "serious" as consequence of its characterisation as a national security threat, cyber crime is becoming "organised" in the policy narrative because of its seriousness. The seriousness and organisation of cyber crime justifies its inclusion within the national security agenda, thus accessing the procedural benefits of criminal intelligence assigned to national security threats. The implications associated to the evolution of such narratives in policy-making need to be assessed while policies are still developing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Anna Sergi
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 09:53
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:20
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17784

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