Rethinking how technologies harm

Wood, Mark A. 2020, Rethinking how technologies harm, The British Journal of Criminology, pp. 1-21, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azaa074.

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Title Rethinking how technologies harm
Author(s) Wood, Mark A.
Journal name The British Journal of Criminology
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2020
ISSN 0007-0955
Keyword(s) harm
technology and crime
digital criminology
critical realism
Summary Abstract Understanding how technologies contribute to social harms is a perennial issue, animating debate within and well beyond criminology. This article contributes to these debates in two ways. First, it critically examines five of the key approaches criminologists have used to think through how technologies contribute to harms. Second, it proposes a new approach to understanding ‘technology–harm relations’. Bringing the theory of critical realism, Simondon and Floridi into conversation, the proposed approach offers a stratigraphy of harm that enables us to excavate the different layers of human–technology and technology–harm relations. In doing so, it enables us to distinguish between four technology–harm relations that untangle the socio-technicality of harmful events: instrumental utility harms, generative utility harms, instrumental technicity harms and generative technicity harms.
Notes Advance Article
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/bjc/azaa074
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1602 Criminology
1801 Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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