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Organised crime - the cyber dimension

Demetis, Dionysios



Barry Rider


This chapter reviews a few critical technological developments and reflects both on their trajectory and on the opportunities they harbour for novel forms of cyber-enabled criminality. While the future of organised crime remains forever out of grasp, primarily due to fundamental uncertainties created by the introduction of any new technology and the radical innovation that criminals exhibit, there are sensible aspects that we can consider and learn from. By taking examples from the dark web, blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, this chapter puts forward several new research directions that reflect on the intersection between technology and organised crime. These must prompt researchers to design new studies and engage with novel scholarly explorations; as an academic community, we must consider the ways in which a deeper understanding of organised crime can emerge from how the adoption of new technologies can occur.


Demetis, D. (2023). Organised crime - the cyber dimension. In B. Rider (Ed.), A Research Agenda for Organised Crime (177-194). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Acceptance Date Mar 21, 2023
Online Publication Date May 21, 2023
Publication Date Mar 21, 2023
Deposit Date May 4, 2023
Publicly Available Date Sep 22, 2023
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
Pages 177-194
Series Title Elgar Research Agendas
Book Title A Research Agenda for Organised Crime
Chapter Number 8
ISBN 9781802201352
Keywords Cybercrime; Cyber-enabled criminality; Information systems; Dark web; Blockchain; Artificial intelligence
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