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Final Paper Assignment
You are expected to complete and turn in a final term paper, answering the following questions.
1) Choose a current or emerging technology.
2) Describe the specifications of your chosen technology, and the capabilities of it.
3) Explore the various ways the technology can be and is vulnerable to cybercrime.
4) Discuss whether any criminological or cybercrime-specific theory is useful in determining likely offenders and/or victims, and who those offenders and/or victims might be.
5) Explain responses to the types of cybercrime your technology is vulnerable to. Include legislative, law enforcement, societal, private industry, technological etc. As well, discuss the ethics of current responses.
6) Argue whether those responses are adequate. If they are, express why. If they are not, make recommendations that you feel would help prevent cybercrimes with this technology in the future.
Things to note:
1) Grammar matters. You can lose up to 25 points for bad grammar.
2) Do not use “I” or “me.” Even though you are stating opinions, “I believe” or “I feel” is not appropriate. Think of this as something you would send to your representatives or some authority because you want them to look at the law, not something you would send to your friend or parent.
3) If you state a fact in your paper, cite it following the allowable formats.
4) You do not need to write an abstract or anything like that. All you need is a cover page, the paper itself, and your reference list.
5) Remember that your textbook can be/is a reference. Do not make Wikipedia your first or only reference.
Your paper should be 10-15 pages long, typed, double-spaced with 12-point font and 1” margins. You must use ASA or APA style for your citations.
You will be expected to provide progress on your paper during the semester. Topics and outlines will be due on 10/2/19, and bibliographies and a 2-3 page draft will be due on 11/6/19. These assignments will not be graded but each will account for 25 participation points each.
Your final paper will be due at the beginning of class on Canvas, at 7pm on Wednesday, 11/27/19. Penalties will apply if it is late.
I highly recommend you look at Future Crimes: Inside the Digital Underground and the Battle for our Connected World (Goodman, Marc, ISBN 13: 978-0804171458) for ideas and inspiration on topics, if nothing else.