Critical Thinking Assignment: What is Crime in the Cyber Realm?

Kizza (2014) addressed network attacks and intrusions broadly as “cybercrime” and attributed them largely to moral and ethical deficiencies of the perpetrators. Lessig (2006) approached law in the network largely in terms of computer “code” that defines what can and cannot be done with the network. In other words, Lessig found the issue of what constitutes a crime and who bears responsibility to be more ambiguous than does Kizza.

Search the Internet or the Saudi Digital Library to find two examples of activities that meet the definition of cybercrimes. (The LexisNexis Academic database in the Library provides searchable access to a wealth of news articles and features.)

Briefly summarize your examples and apply and criticize Kizza’s (2014) and Lessig’s (2006) positions on what constitutes a crime and who is responsible for the activities described in your examples. Identify at least two of the stated or unstated assumptions that underlie each of Kizza’s (2014) or Lessig’s (2006) arguments and specify at least two practical implications. Does Kizza’s (2014) or Lessig’s (2006) position apply better to either or both of your examples? Support your analysis by citing specific statements by these authors or at least two outside sources. You might want to look ahead to Lessig’s (2006) Chapter 3 for some more material.

Discuss and cite both course textbooks, Kizza’s (2014) Computer Network Security and Cyber Ethics and Lessig’s (2006) Code, and at least one additional credible, scholarly source to support your analysis and positions.

Your paper should meet the following structural requirements:

  • The paper should be 2-3 pages in length, not including the cover sheet and reference page.
  • Format according to APA and Saudi Electronic University writing standards.
  • Provide support for your statements with in-text citations from a minimum of three scholarly resources. Two of these sources may be from the class readings, textbooks, or lectures, but one must be external. The Saudi Digital Library is a good place to find these references.