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Computer crime and the gender ratio problem

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The “gender ratio problem” is a feminist critique of criminology that questions why males are more likely to commit crime than females. This research applies the gender ratio problem to a predominantly Australian sample of computer crime offenders involved in computer fraud and/or unauthorised access. The focus of this presentation is on gender differences for those involved in computer crime to provide insight into the disproportionately higher number of males who engage in these activities. This qualitative analysis draws from interviews with self-identified offenders, law enforcement officers, and court documents.


Dr Alice Hutchings recently joined the Security Group as a Research Associate. Previously, Alice was a Senior Research Analyst with the Australian Institute of Criminology’s Transnational and Organised Crime Program. Alice has extensive experience working across all tiers of government, as well as the academic and private sectors. Alice’s PhD research applied existing sociological theories of crime to determine how they explain computer crimes that compromise data and financial security. Alice has undertaken cybercrime-related research since 2007, when she examined risk factors for phishing victimisation. More recent work has examined criminal and security risks in the cloud, how online offenders perceive victims and select targets, consumer fraud, computer security risks for small businesses, security and privacy issues relating to computer chip identification systems, the misuse of information and communication technology in the public sector, and exploring the relationship between the use of child exploitation materials, the use of internet- enabled technologies to procure children, and contact sexual offending against children.

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