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Crime risks of three-dimensional virtual environments

Warren, Ian and Palmer, Darren 2010, Crime risks of three-dimensional virtual environments, Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice, no. 388, pp. 1-6.

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Title Crime risks of three-dimensional virtual environments
Author(s) Warren, Ian
Palmer, Darren
Journal name Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice
Issue number 388
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher Australian Institute of Criminology
Place of publication Canberra, A. C. T.
Publication date 2010-02
ISSN 0817-8542
Keyword(s) Crime
Virtual Worlds
Crime Prevention
Cyber-crime
Virtual Harm
Risk
Summary Three-dimensional virtual environments (3dves) are the new generation of digital multi-user social networking platforms. Their immersive character allows users to create a digital humanised representation or avatar, enabling a degree of virtual interaction not possible through conventional text-based internet technologies. As recent international experience demonstrates, in addition to the conventional range of cybercrimes (including economic fraud, the dissemination of child pornography and copyright violations), the 'virtual-reality' promoted by 3dves is the source of great speculation and concern over a range of specific and emerging forms of crime and harm to users. This paper provides some examples of the types of harm currently emerging in 3dves and suggests internal regulation by user groups, terms of service, or end-user licensing agreements, possibly linked to real-world criminological principles. This paper also provides some directions for future research aimed at understanding the role of Australian criminal law and the justice system more broadly in this emerging field.
Language eng
Field of Research 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
160504 Crime Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940402 Crime Prevention
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Australian Institute of Criminology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031575

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