The CSI: Cyber effect
The past 20 years have seen an explosion in the development of information technology, to the point where people now spend a lot of their time in a space – ‘cyberspace’ – which did not exist previously (Barak & Suler, 2008). While there are substantial benefits associated with technology, it can also be problematic. What happens in the cyber world can impact on the real world, and vice versa. As a Cyberpsychologist I find the idea of this continuous interaction between cyber and real world fascinating, particularly in the context of criminality. My research to date has focused mainly on Forensic Cyberpsychology, aspects of criminal behaviour manifested in a virtual context, and I am currently the Director of the RCSI CyberPsychology Research Centre and Academic Advisor (Psychology) to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol.
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