What does crime & justice look like in a digital world of hackers, increasingly open source data, widespread surveillance & shrinking borders?

Globalisation is producing new forms of interpenetration and interdependence, alongside new cultures, identities, threats, and possibilities. Agents of state power have responded to this by re-figuring practiced understandings of law, crime, security and threat, leading to novel capabilities for monitoring mobility, new authorities and powers for securing observed risks, and different ways of thinking about and governing problem populations as they move and transact.

This panel brings together experts in border security, transnational policing, and intellectual property to discuss how they see the changing relationships between space, power and technology. Speakers will also offer their view on what a ‘digital criminology’ might look like, and how it could engage with other fields of research.

This panel discussion will run from 4pm to 6pm, and will be followed by a book launch of ‘Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society’ from 6pm, with refreshments. Please RSVP for catering purposes.

Follow the event live on Twitter using #DigiCrim


Dr Peter Chambers, Senior Lecturer, Criminology & Justice Studies, member Social and Global Studies Centre, RMIT University. Pete’s research addresses border security as a way of understanding the co-emergence of offshore detention and onshore enclaves. He also examines power in space, and at the moment he is exploring surveillant uses of smartphones and creative resistance to the securitization of prominent public spaces. His publications include the book: ‘Border Security: Shores of Politics, Horizons of Justice’ (2017, Routledge).

Dr Monique Mann, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow (Technology and Regulation), Faculty of Law, School of Justice Research, Queensland University of Technology. Monique’s publications include the book: ‘Biometrics crime and security’ (2018, Routledge) as well as numerous articles in leading international and national journals on issues of information privacy, government regulation and algorithmic justice. Twitter: @DrMoniqueMann

Dr Ian Warren, Senior Lecturer In Criminology, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University. Ian’s research has examined international, comparative and global justice; surveillance and crime prevention; regulating virtual worlds; and vigilantism. His recent publications include the book: ‘Global Criminology’ (2015, Routledge, with Dr Darren Palmer).

Dr Ramon Lobato, Senior Research Fellow, Media and Communication, RMIT University. Ramon’s research explores how screen media circulate – formally and informally. Since completing his PhD in 2009, Ramon has written widely on the international dynamics of content distribution, intellectual property, and piracy. He is the author or editor of four books, including ‘Geoblocking and Global Video Culture’ (2016, Institute of Network Cultures), and ‘The informal media economy’ (2015, Polity).

Chaired by:

Associate Professor Anastasia Powell, Criminology & Justice Studies, RMIT University (Twitter: @DigiCrimRMIT ). Anastasia’s research examines the intersections of gender, violence, justice, technology and digital culture. Her recent books include: ‘Digital Criminology: Crime and Justice in Digital Society’ (2018, Routledge, with Drs Gregory Stratton and Robin Cameron), and ‘Sexual Violence in a Digital Age’ (2017, with Dr Nicola Henry).


Building 80
Level 4, Room 11
445 Swanston Street
RMIT University
Melbourne City Campus


30 August 2018