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Extending anonymity research to high-tech white collar crimes and IT Insider threat: A critical step

Ibrahim Baggili - Purdue University

Dec 10, 2008

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Theories of deindividuation share common grounds, one of which is anonymity. For decades, it has been hypothesized that anonymity affects human behavior. With the rise of the popularity and development of personal computing, claims are made that individuals perceive themselves to be more anonymous in computer mediated environments. This perception may be a major factor contributing to the engagement of individuals in online antisocial behaviors and in cyber criminal activities like high-tech white collar crimes and Information Technology (IT) insider threat crimes. This talk presents an overview of the literature on anonymity and the deindividuation theory. A philosophical bind is then made between the various effects of anonymity, high-tech white collar crimes and IT insider threat crimes. These philosophical accounts may be used as a cornerstone for scientific research in the new cyber crime phenomenon.

About the Speaker

Ibrahim Baggili is a doctoral candidate and graduate lecturer at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in the department of Computer and Information Technology. His research interests include cyber forensics from a technical social and psychological perspectives and finding ways of improving the scientific validity of the field. His major current research initiative focuses on the effect of anonymity and integrity on cyber crime related activities. He can be reached at baggili@purdue.edu.

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