Journal of Science & Technology Law
Cybercrime creates unique challenges for the reactive model of crime control that has been predominant for approximately the last century and a half. That model makes certain assumptions about crime, which derive from characteristics of real-world crime. These assumptions do not hold for cybercrime, so the reactive model is not an appropriate means of dealing with online crime. The article explains how modified principles of criminal law can be utilized to implement a new, non-reactive model which can deal effectively with cybercrime. This model of distributed security emphasizes prevention, rather than reaction, which is achieved by holding citizens liable for their failure to prevent cybercrime.
Copyright © 2004, Susan Brenner
Boston University School of Law
Place of Publication
Brenner, Susan W., "Toward a Criminal Law for Cyberspace: Distributed Security" (2004). School of Law Faculty Publications. 99.