Today almost half of the global population is online and an estimated 3.2 billion people stay connected: falling victims to cybercrimes and cyberbullying; suffering from Internet Addiction and cyber-related disorders; cheated by other online users and haunted by their own past mistakes suddenly posted online. On the Internet every information may become a permanent record, following the users who were not aware of the consequences of their ‘click’ when they shared a photo, posted a text, or filled a form, not knowing who was on the other end. A friend of a cyber-friend may turn into a cyberbully, online love affairs may end in cyberstalking, sharing too much information may lead to cybercrimes, Internet frauds and identity thefts. Very often the recklessness or unawareness of Internet users make them vulnerable to all sorts of cyber abuse. How can we protect ourselves and make cyberspace a safer place? This interdisciplinary volume seeks to explore the practical dimensions of cyber threats and the changes cyber space brought to the social and cultural environment we have known so far.
Perils of the Web: Cyber Security and Internet Safety
Edited by Magdalena Hodalska, Catalin Ghita and Jyotsna Bapat
Format: eBook (PDF)
This interdisciplinary volume seeks to explore the practical dimensions of cyber threats and the changes cyber space has brought to the social and cultural environment we have known so far.
Categories: Digital and Internet Cultures, Ethos & Modern Living, Digital Books.
Tags: Cyber Bully, Cyber Bullying, Cyber Crime, Cyber Market, digital, Facebook, Hackers, identity, Internet, Internet Safety, Virtual World.
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Perils of the Web: Online Threats and Offline Fears
Magdalena Hodalska, Catalin Ghita and Jyotsna Bapat
Part I Offline Consequences of Online Clicks
Cyberspace and the Metamorphoses of the Self
Facebook: The Mirror with Multiple Reflections
Part II Socio-Economic Impacts and Solutions
Cyberbullying, Fear and Silence: From Bystanders to Cyber-Samaritans
New Crimes, New Rules for Cyber Entrepreneurs
Part III Cyber Contexts in Literature and Films
The Pencils and the Pixels: Cyber-Literature and the New Paradigm Anxieties
Dave Eggers’s Cyber Anxieties: Control and Exposure
Ghostly Machineries as Human Personae: Cinematic Character Construction in Cyber Contexts
Magdalena Hodalska, PhD, was a freelance reporter and now is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She investigates the representations of fear in the media, social and cultural influence and the consequences of media coverage.
Catalin Ghita, Ph.D., Dr Habil, was a Japanese Government Scholar at Tohoku University and is now Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Craiova, Romania. His research interests are: fear and anxiety in literature, visionary poetry, romanticism and cultural exchanges between Europe and Asia.
Jyotsna Bapat, has a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology from Poona University and a Doctoral degree from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. She taught in the Bombay University for over a decade. Her current work is related to cultural impacts of IT infrastructure on people and communities in urban cities in India.