History of information technology and the criminal justice system | CRJ 621 Cybercrime Investigation | Ashford University

   History of Information Technology and the Criminal Justice System 

Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Out of the Beta Phase: Obstacles, Challenges, and Promising Paths in the Study of Cyber Criminology and A Brief History of Cyber Crime online resources, and watch the videos, James Lyne: Everyday Cybercrime – and What You Can Do about It (Links to an external site.) and Protecting Consumers from Cybercrime (Links to an external site.).

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The United States’ criminal justice system began with the creation of the U.S. Constitution. Well over 200 years ago, the founding fathers could not have anticipated the ways in which technology would change the way Americans live, interact, and conduct business. Your 400 word minimum initial post for this discussion should track how the criminal justice system has sought to deal with information technology and crime.

In your initial post, examine how historical criminal justice investigative methods may or may not be applicable to investigate cyber crime. Provide at least one example of a cyber crime that cannot be investigated by “traditional” investigation methods. (This may be a real-world case or hypothetical construct.)

Required Resources


Diamond, B., Bachman, M. (2015). Out of the beta phase: Obstacles, challenges, and promising paths in the study of cyber criminology (Links to an external site.). International Journal of Cyber Criminology, 9(1), 24-34. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.22196. Retrieved from http://www.cybercrimejournal.com/Diamond&Bachmann2015vol9issue1.pdf

  • The article provides students with the current state of cyber criminological study with regard to theory and research. This article details the fundamental issues and problems facing criminal justice professionals.
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Mahoney, M. S. (1988). The history of computing in the history of technology (Links to an external site.). Annals of the History of Computing, 10(2), 113-125.Retrieved from https://www.princeton.edu/~hos/mike/articles/hcht.pdf

University Alliance. (2016). A brief history of cyber crime (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.floridatechonline.com/resources/cybersecurity-information-assurance/a-brief-history-of-cyber-crime/


The Justice Department. (2014, October 16). Protecting consumers from cybercrime (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/NOqUJ-WEkkM

Lyne, J. (2013, February). James Lyne: Everyday cybercrime – and what you can do about it (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/james_lyne_everyday_cybercrime_and_what_you_can_do_about_it

Recommended Resources

Web Page

Copeland, J. (2006). The modern history of computing (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/computing-history/

  • This article provides a brief history of computing and is broken down in easy to ascertain sub-headings which allow students to easily access pertinent aspects of the history of computing.
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MSCJ Resources (Links to an external site.) (http://ashford-mscj.weebly.com/)

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