Young People’s Criminal Behavior on the Internet

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Project period: January 2018 to May 1st, 2018

During the last couple of years, young people’s risk- and criminal behavior on the Internet has been intensified. New online forms of crime such as non-consensual sharing of intimate images, DDoS-attacks, hacking, and drug trade via the Internet have arisen. Research employing the associated issues are, however, sparse.

The aim of this research project was to gain knowledge about the different forms of criminality; how they were executed and what motivated the young people engaged in the activities. That was investigated both via quantitative survey data, qualitative single interviews with offenders, netnographic field studies of different online sites where the activities took place and by conducting expert interviews with SSP-consultants and other experts. Thus, a detailed empirical investigation was carried through. We expected the different empirical material to be contributing to a thorough fundament for determining which risk- and protection factors to be implemented in future intervention- and prevention strategies.

All interviews were anonymous, and interviews with offenders was made via encrypted email-channels or the chat-application Wickr.

The project had ethical approval from the University of Copenhagen.




























The project was funded by:

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Young People’s Criminal Behavior on the Internet was funded by the Danish Council of Crime Prevention

Project: Young People’s Criminal Behavior on the Internet
Principal investigator: Jakob Demant
Start: January 2018
End: May 1st, 2018