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

Serious, therefore organised? A critique of the emerging “cyber-organised crime” rhetoric in the United Kingdom
Serious, therefore organised? A critique of the emerging “cyber-organised crime” rhetoric in the United Kingdom
This article, 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, cybercrime is becoming “organised” in the policy narrative because of its seriousness. The seriousness and organisation of cybercrime 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.
0974-2891
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Lavorgna, Anita
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Sergi, Anna
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Lavorgna, Anita
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Sergi, Anna
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Lavorgna, Anita and Sergi, Anna (2016) Serious, therefore organised? A critique of the emerging “cyber-organised crime” rhetoric in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 1-23. (In Press)

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This article, 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, cybercrime is becoming “organised” in the policy narrative because of its seriousness. The seriousness and organisation of cybercrime 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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 September 2016
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 401139
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/401139
ISSN: 0974-2891
PURE UUID: 7e416faf-5081-4629-9df3-5ef4d57d89b7
ORCID for Anita Lavorgna: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8484-1613

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Date deposited: 05 Oct 2016 13:42
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 06:03

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