Internet and Crime

Overview

Internet-based crimes have increased as more and more people go online. Some users view the World Wide Web as an opportunity for crime against millions of unsuspecting victims. Crimes directly related to the Internet, such as stealing personal information or engaging in fraudulent schemes, have grown rapidly. Criminals also use the Internet as a clearinghouse for stolen goods, as a hunting ground for sexual abuse, and even as a corner from which to sell illegal drugs. Monitoring the Internet, however, is a ...

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Overview

Internet-based crimes have increased as more and more people go online. Some users view the World Wide Web as an opportunity for crime against millions of unsuspecting victims. Crimes directly related to the Internet, such as stealing personal information or engaging in fraudulent schemes, have grown rapidly. Criminals also use the Internet as a clearinghouse for stolen goods, as a hunting ground for sexual abuse, and even as a corner from which to sell illegal drugs. Monitoring the Internet, however, is a controversial topic. Some believe that more oversight is needed to protect users, while others think the Internet should exist without restrictions. Explore these issues and others pertaining to online crime in The Internet and Crime.

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Gr 8 Up—Each volume contains an introduction, a series of essays detailing opposite sides of relevant issues, and a concluding chapter. The first title discusses whether unions are good or harmful to society, and whether labor laws do or don't favor employers. The Internet explores the regulation of online pharmacies and social networks. Sidebars on pertinent points and court cases, laws, and legal opinions are included. An appendix citing specific legal cases will help students research a topic further, and Web links and other sources are included. The books have a disclaimer that not all links will remain active, although they were valid at the time of publication. The books look dry, with few illustrations to enliven the texts. And while the information is current now, several databases, from companies such as Gale and Proquest, have sources for essays with opposite points of view and will be updated as information changes. These titles are good for backup if computer access is limited, but since the subjects are currently "hot button" research topics, they will quickly become dated.—Diana Pierce, Leander High School, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604135060
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Point/Counterpoint Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction: Safe Surfing 11

Point: Regulation of Online Auction and Classified Sites Will Hurt Commerce 19

Counterpoint: Laws Are Needed to Curb Sales of Stolen Merchandise Online 33

Point: The Benefits of Online Pharmacies Far Outweigh the Risks 43

Counterpoint: Public Safety Demands Stronger Regulation of Online Pharmacies 58

Point: Restrictions on Social Networking Will Hamper a Valuable Communications Tool 73

Counterpoint: Social Networks Are Accessible to Youths and Therefore Must Be Made Safe 87

Conclusion: Can the Internet Be Tamed? 96

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 104

Elements of the Argument 107

Notes 109

Resources 112

Picture Credits 114

Index 115

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