15th International Symposium of the World Society Victimology

Dr K. Jaishankar, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, India

ADDRESS: Cyber crime victimisation: New wine into old wineskins?

Until the arrival of cyber space, humans were only victims of crime in spaces like land, air and sea. Though, cyber space provides ample scope for the growth of human beings, it also provides significant scope for their victimization. The convergence of cyber and physical spaces has brought large numbers of humans nearer and this has created both positive and negative issues. Due to the anonymous nature of the cyber space, there is even larger displacement of offenders from physical space to cyber space and new forms of victimization have emerged. Also, there is an overlap of physical crime victimization and cyber crime victimization. Notably, some scholars do not perceive cyber crime victimization as a new form of victimization and some do not holistically group them. Invariably, many countries are dealing cyber crime victimization with their conventional laws, without creating specific laws. Why cyber crime victimization is not considered as a new form of victimization? Is it possible to mitigate cyber crime victimization with conventional laws? This presentation will try to address these issues and will provide suitable recommendations to mitigate cyber crime victimization.

Dr. K. Jaishankar is a Senior Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, MSU & Member of Syndicate (Board of Management), Manonmaniam Sundaranar University (MSU), Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India.

He has several publications, including articles in peer reviewed journals such as British Journal of Criminology. He is the recipient of the prestigious “National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) - SCOPUS Young Scientist Award 2012 – Social Sciences”. He was a Commonwealth Fellow (2009-2010) at the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, University of Leeds, UK and has completed a research project on Victims of Cyber Crimes. He is the founding Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cyber Criminology www.cybercrimejournal.com and International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences www.ijcjs.co.nr and is the founder President of South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV) www.sascv.org and founder Executive Director of Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling (CCVC) www.cybervictims.org. He was a member of the UNODC (United Nations office of Drugs and Crime) Core group of Experts (15 member group) on Identity related crime (2007-08). He is a Member of the Membership and Advancement Committee, World Society of Victimology (WSV), International Advisory Board member of the Center for the Research and Development of Positive Criminology, Department of Criminology, Bar Illan University, Israel, member of the Scientific Commission of the International Society of Criminology (ISC) and a Fellow of the African Center for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime prevention.

Dr Jaishankar pioneered the development of the new field of cyber criminology and is the proponent of the space transition theory of cyber crimes. His areas of Academic Competence are Victimology, Cyber Criminology, Crime mapping, GIS, Communal violence, Policing, and Crime prevention.