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date: 17 September 2021

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This chapter discusses how environmental criminology can be applied to cybercrime. It first discusses the concept of cybercrime and how there are different types of offending and opportunities. It then considers the architecture of cyberspace and how it differs from physical spaces. In particular, thought is given to how concepts of time and space differ across the two environments, and why it is necessary to rethink or adapt models of environmental criminology to understand crimes in cyberspace. Section 38.4 looks at some of the criminal opportunities afforded by the configuration of the Internet and how it is used. Finally, conclusions are drawn and (some) policy implications that follow from an environmental criminology approach to cybercrime are discussed.

Keywords: cybercrime, environmental criminology, time, cyberspace, crime, criminal behavior

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