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Putting the 'cyber' into cyberterrorism: Re-reading technological risk in a hyperconnected world

McGuire, MR (2014) Putting the 'cyber' into cyberterrorism: Re-reading technological risk in a hyperconnected world pp. 63-83.

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Abstract

© 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York. All rights reserved.Chapter Overview: Threat assessments of cyberterrorism have so far tended to focus upon on two kinds of question. First, the extent to which such a construct really 'exists'- or at least exists in any way substantively different from other forms of terrorism. Second, its destructive potentials and the kinds of targets this might involve. This chapter considers a more basic set of questions about the cyberterrorist threat. These centre upon the very thing considered to make it a distinctive form of offending: (information) technology and its relationships with the intentions of potential terrorists. Central to this analysis is an attempt to clarify some recurring confusions about the criminogenic potentials of technology in general-in particular the extent to which it can be causally agentic or 'enables' offending. I argue that it is only by developing a more coherent understanding of contemporary socio-technic relations that a robust evaluation of the risks posed by cyberterrorism can be made.

Item Type: Article
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McGuire, MRm.mcguire@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 April 2014
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-0962-9_4
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:34
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820524

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