Studying Cybercrime: Raising Questions about Objectivity and Bias

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Abstract:

The multidisciplinary nature of Web Science is at once its most unique and most challenging characteristic. In this paper, we pose initial questions on how a Web Scientist may explore the topic of cybercrime and cyberwarfare by offering an integrated study of both the social and technical aspects of the phenomena. With this, however, comes a plethora of questions related to methodological practice, data analysis, narrative creation, etc. As such, the following presents initial discussions related to the specific aspects of - objectivity and bias - in science research. The paper includes one example cybercrime case study, which elaborates on the steps taken by the research team to mitigate biases. The paper concludes with additional questions and potential tools/methods to mediate bias for future Web Science studies.

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October 22, 2014
07:59:41
Kristine GloriaDownload

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Web Science Research Center (WSRC)
Principal Investigator: Deborah L. McGuinness
Co Investigator: John S. Erickson
Description: Web Science is the study of the World Wide Web and its impact on both society and technology, positioning the Web as an object of scientific study unto itself. Web Science recognizes the Web as a transformational, disruptive technology; its practitioners study the Web, its components, facets and characteristics. Ultimately, Web Science is about understanding the Web and anticipating how it might evolve in the future.

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Web Science
Lead Professor: Jim Hendler, Deborah L. McGuinness
Description: Web Science is the study of the World Wide Web and its impact on both society and technology, positioning the Web as an object of scientific study unto itself. Web Science recognizes the Web as a transformational, disruptive technology; its practitioners study the Web, its components, facets and characteristics. Ultimately, Web Science is about understanding the Web and anticipating how it might evolve in the future.
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