Characteristics of the Internet for Criminal Child Sexual Abuse by Online Groomers

Davidson, J (2011) Characteristics of the Internet for Criminal Child Sexual Abuse by Online Groomers. Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society, 24(1), pp. 23-36.

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This paper presents a number of characteristics of the Internet that makes it attractive to online groomers. Relevant Internet characteristics include disconnected personal communication, mediating technology, universality, network externalities, distribution channel, time moderator, low‐cost standard, electronic double, electronic double manipulation, information asymmetry, infinite virtual capacity, independence in time and space, cyberspace, and dynamic social network. Potential sex offenders join virtual communities, where they meet other persons who have the same interest. A virtual community provides an online meeting place where people with similar interests can communicate and find useful information. Communication between members may be via email, bulletin boards, online chat, web‐based conferencing or other computer‐based media.

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ID Code: 51722
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
DOI: 10.1080/1478601X.2011.544188
ISSN: 1478-601X
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:43
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2012 05:12

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