Online Harms and Cybercrime Unit
- To build on the Directors' expertise by building an international, networked research Unit situated in the heart of London focusing upon a broad range of cyber themes from a multi-disciplinary perspective including Criminology; socio-legal/legal/regulation; policing and psychology.
- To be a leading research unit of excellence with a repository based in London focusing upon global cyber issues (whilst, also addressing local impact) ensuring that key findings inform current practice, policy-developing law and university and industry curriculum and knowledge.
- To additionally and uniquely focus upon the intersection between online and offline criminality exploring pathways into crime and will actively engage in research that may help to explain, model or predict evolving threats and criminality. The context in which cybercrime occurs will be considered including regulation, legal frameworks and risk.
- Specialises in investigation, dissemination, education and policy formation in the field of cybercrime and online protection.
- Provides thought-leadership about the impact of future technologies on cybercrime, cyber victimisation and the criminal justice system, including agencies that police, regulate and monitor cyberspace.
Primarily the thematic themes of the Unit relate to the following areas of cybercrime, cybersecurity; cyber protection; cyberlaw and governance.
- Child online protection
- Online harm (child online SA; bullying; and revenge pornography)
- Financial cybercrime
- Criminal hacking
- Youth violence and digital media
- Young people's pathways into cybercrime
- Policing and policymaking within the digital era
- Cyber terrorism
- Cybersecurity - awareness, education, and prevention
- Organised cybercrime
- Online harassment and cyberstalking
- Global implications of cybercrime
- Cybercrime and cyberlaw
- Cyberethics and the law
- Future evolutions of cyber-criminality
- Implications of evolving technologies, such as AI
- Governance in/of Cyberspace
The Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit aims to become a global leader in producing research and supporting education and intervention at the intersection of criminology, technology, and the law (in relation to the thematic themes and new emerging ones).
The Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit pursues the following activities as a means to: "inform and share knowledge, experiences, advancement, identifying challenges and propose solutions":
- Applied research;
- CPD training for criminal justice policymakers, practitioners, police and other agencies;
- Research-informed teaching - curriculum development;
- Increase employability (by establishing placements and links for students studying and after completing their studies);
- Postgraduate / PhD research;
- Link with international research - i.e. in conjunction with Europol and INTERPOL
- Online Harms and Cyber Crime Unit launched at House of Lords
- UEL students work with police and local schools to help tackle key issues
- Degree students learn crime prevention from the Met
- The University of East London at the forefront of modern-policing
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- Policing degrees: New top up degree for serving officers means 'no-one gets left behind'