(Im)material culture : Towards an archaeology of cybercrime

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Harfield, Clive Geoffrey and Schofield, John. (2020). (Im)material culture : Towards an archaeology of cybercrime. World Archaeology. 52(4), pp. 607-618. https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2021.1882333
AuthorsHarfield, Clive Geoffrey and Schofield, John

Cybercrime is ubiquitous. People now inhabit a digital environment comprising permanent risk, exponential threats, and multiple virtual/physical harms, forming a global community of malefactors and the criminally exploited. The purpose of this paper is two-fold. First, through an archaeological lens, to characterize the new materiality of cybercrime (including its artefacts and architecture alongside digital/virtual manifestations). And second, to explore the potential for new perspectives on cybercrime borne out of this archaeological approach. In short: what is the archaeology of cybercrime and can new understandings emerge from an archaeological perspective? In undertaking this research we also challenge the long-held presumption that non-physical traces cannot be studied archaeologically. It is our contention that they can.

Keywordscybercrime; cybersecurity; contemporary archaeology; new materiality; digital environment
JournalWorld Archaeology
Journal citation52 (4), pp. 607-618
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2021.1882333
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85101240178
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Page range607-618
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Online22 Feb 2021
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Deposited02 Aug 2022
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